The Grammy Awards Most Notable Moments4 min read

by | Feb 7, 2018 | Blog

1959 was the year the Grammys came into existence and set a standard for music artists in the United States. The goal for all musicians is to win one of these coveted awards at some point in their career. Since the Grammys were on last week now is the perfect time to take a look at some of the most iconic Grammy memories throughout the years.

1967: There Was No Award Given for Best New Artist

The 1967 Grammy Awards came with a shock that there was no award given for “Best New Artist”. This is an award is part of the “big four” categories so it was a surprise that no one was given this award that year.

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1971: First Live Telecast Grammys

1971 was a special year for the Grammys as this was the first year the awards show was televised live! Prior to this, it was always prerecorded, and it has been a live telecasted event ever since.

1972: Women Won All Four Major Categories

1972 was a big year for women in the music industry. All of the “big four” categories; Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist, were won by women. #girlpower

1974: Grammy Hall of Fame

The Grammy Hall of Fame was introduced in 1974. According to the Grammy Awards official website, this hall of fame was created to “honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old”.

1976: International Grammys

1976 was the year the Grammys went global. They televised the event in Hong Kong and since singer Stevie Wonder could not be in attendance that night, he appeared by satellite from Lagos, Nigeria.

1978: Tie for Song of the Year

The one and only time a tie has been awarded in the category for Best Song was in 1978 at the 20th Grammy Awards. Both Barbra Streisand’s “Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)” and Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” were awarded in this category.

1981: Christopher Cross Won All of the Big Four

Christopher Cross was the big winner at the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards in 1981. He was awarded in all of the “Big Four” categories, winning the title for Best New Artist and Album of the Year. His song “Sailing” won Song of the Year and his album “Sailing” won Record of the Year.
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1988: Michael Jackson Performs

The King of Pop performed at the Grammys for the first time in 1988 at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. He performed “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror”.

2018: Patti LuPone Performs an Encore

Fast forward to last week. At the 2018 Grammy Awards Broadway legend Patti LuPone reprised her role in “Evita” for the evening to sing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” at the ceremony. It was epic!

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