32nd Annual Grammy Awards

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32nd Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 21, 1990
Location Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Garry Shandling
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards were held in 1990. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. [1] [2]

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The Milli Vanilli duo pose with Michael Greene, chairman of NARAS, during the 1990 Grammys rehearsal. Milli Vanilli and C. Michael Greene.jpg
The Milli Vanilli duo pose with Michael Greene, chairman of NARAS, during the 1990 Grammys rehearsal.

Award winners

The award for Best New Artist was originally awarded to Milli Vanilli. In November 1990, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revoked Milli Vanilli's Grammy, [3] [4] [5] after Milli Vanilli members Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan and their producer, Frank Farian, admitted the duo "did not sing a note" on their album, Girl You Know It's True . [6]

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.

Milli Vanilli West German R&B, pop, and dance music project

Milli Vanilli was a German R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album, titled All or Nothing in Europe and reconfigured as Girl You Know It's True in the United States, achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on 21 February 1990.

<i>Girl You Know Its True</i> 1989 studio album by Milli Vanilli

Girl You Know It's True is a 1989 album that was the U.S. debut of German pop group Milli Vanilli. It is a reconfigured and repackaged version of Milli Vanilli's Europe-only release All or Nothing for the U.S. market. The title track was inspired from Rob Pilatus's unrequited feelings about Paula Fontana.

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.

Arif Mardin Turkish-American music producer

Arif Mardin was a Turkish-American music producer, who worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco and country. He worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, as producer, arranger, studio manager, and vice president, before moving to EMI and serving as vice president and general manager of Manhattan Records. His collaborations include working with Queen, the Bee Gees, Hall & Oates, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Laura Nyro, Phil Collins, Daniel Rodriguez, and Norah Jones. Mardin was awarded eleven Grammy Awards.

Bette Midler American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian and film producer

Bette Midler is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer.

Fine Young Cannibals rehearsing for the Grammys. Fine Young Cannibals rehearsal (2087280741).jpg
Fine Young Cannibals rehearsing for the Grammys.

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References

  1. "Bonnie Raitt wins this thing called Grammy 4 times". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 22 February 1990. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. "1989 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. "Milli Vanilli is stripped of Grammy for fakery". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 20 November 1990. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  4. Shriver, Jerry (January 28, 2010). "Milli Vanilli frontman says duo were musical 'scapegoats'". USA Today. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  5. Philips, Chuck (November 16, 1990). "It's True: Milli Vanilli Didn't Sing : Pop music: The duo could be stripped of its Grammy after admitting it lip-synced the best-selling 'Girl You Know It's True.'". Los Angeles Times.
  6. Philips, Chuck (November 20, 1990). "Milli Vanilli's Grammy Rescinded by Academy : Music: Organization revokes an award for the first time after revelation that the duo never sang on album". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2012.