26th Annual Grammy Awards

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26th Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 28, 1984
Location Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hosted by John Denver
Most awards Michael Jackson (8)
Most nominationsMichael Jackson (12)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS
Viewership51.67 million viewers [1]

The 26th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1984, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1983. Michael Jackson who had been recovering from scalp burns sustained due to an accident which occurred during filming of a Pepsi commercial, won a record eight awards during the show. [2] [3] It is notable for garnering the largest Grammy Award television audience ever.

Shrine Auditorium large event venue in Los Angeles, California

The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California. It is also the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple, a division of the Shriners. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He was also known for his unorthodox lifestyle, residing in a private amusement park he called Neverland Ranch, and often becoming the focus of tabloid scrutiny. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Contents

Album of the Year and Record of the Year went to Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson for Thriller , and Song of the Year went to The Police for "Every Breath You Take".

Quincy Jones American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is an American record producer, musician, composer, and film producer. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992.

<i>Thriller</i> (Michael Jackson album) 1982 album by Michael Jackson

Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982, in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. It explores genres similar to Jackson's previous album, Off the Wall (1979), including pop, post-disco, rock and funk. Recording took place from April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, with a production budget of $750,000.

The Police English rock band

The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

Ratings

The 26th Grammys had the highest ratings in its history with 51.67 million viewers, a record unmatched as of 2017. [1] Donna Summer opened the show with She Works Hard for the Money, and a tribute to working women.

Performers

Artist(s)Song(s)
Donna Summer "She Works Hard for the Money"
Big Country "In a Big Country"
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
Chuck Berry
with George Thorogood & Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Maybellene"
"Roll Over Beethoven"
The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
Phil Driscoll "Amazing Grace"
Albertina Walker "Spread the Word"
Linda Ronstadt "What's New?"
Walter Charles "We Are What We Are" / "I Am What I Am"
(from La Cage aux Folles)
Herbie Hancock "Rockit"
The Oak Ridge Boys "Love Song"
John Denver & a Muppet Dialogue tune
Sheena Easton "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"
Wynton Marsallis
with orchestra and quartet
"A Finale"
Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Winners

General

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

Beat It single by Michael Jackson

"Beat It" is a song written and performed by American recording artist Michael Jackson from his sixth studio album, Thriller (1982). It was produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. Following the successful Thriller singles "The Girl Is Mine" and "Billie Jean", "Beat It" was released on February 14, 1983 as the album's third single. The song is also notable for its music video, which features Jackson bringing two gangsters together through the power of music and dance, and for Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Award to the artist(s), and to the album producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s), and mastering engineer(s) if other than the artist.

Blues

Children's

Classical

Comedy

Composing and arranging

Country

Folk

Gospel

Historical

Jazz

Latin

Musical show

Music video

Packaging and notes

Pop

Production and engineering

R&B

Rock

Spoken

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References

  1. 1 2 "Whitney Houston Tragic Grammys Draw 39.9 Million Viewers, Second Most Watched Ever". Deadline.com. February 13, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  2. "Grammy honors thrill Jackson". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 29 February 1984. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. "1983 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.