What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

1980s Grammy Awards

Grammy Award winners from the 1980s broken out by calendar year

1980
Album of the Year:
Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross
Record of the Year:
“Sailing,” by Christopher Cross
Song of the Year:
“Sailing,” by Christopher Cross
Pop Vocal – Male:
Kenny Loggins, “This Is It”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Bette Midler, “The Rose”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb, “Guilty”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Billy Joel, Glass Houses
Rock Vocal – Female:
Pat Benatar, Crimes of Passion
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Against The Wind
New Artist:
Christopher Cross

1981
Album of the Year:
Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Record of the Year:
“Bette Davis Eyes,” by Kim Carnes
Song of the Year:
“Bette Davis Eyes,” by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon
Pop Vocal – Male:
Al Jarreau, “Breakin’ Away”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Lena Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Manhattan Transfer, “Boy from New York City”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Pat Benatar, “Fire & Ice”
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Police, “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”
New Artist:
Sheena Easton

1982
Album of the Year:
Toto IV by Toto
Record of the Year:
“Rosanna,” by Toto
Song of the Year:
“Always On My Mind,” by Johnny Christopher, Mark James,
and Wayne Thompson
Pop Vocal – Male:
Lionel Richie, “Truly”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Melissa Manchester, “You Should Hear How He Talks About You”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong”
Rock Vocal – Male:
John Cougar, “Hurts So Good”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Pat Benatar, “Shadows In The Night”
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”
New Artist:
Men At Work

1983
Album of the Year:
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Record of the Year:
“Beat It,” by Michael Jackson
Song of the Year:
“Every Breath You Take,” by Sting
Pop Vocal – Male:
MIchael Jackson, Thriller
Pop Vocal – Female:
Irene Cara, “Flashdance…What A Feeling”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Pat Benatar, “Love Is A Battlefield”
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Police, Synchronicity
New Artist:
Culture Club

1984
Album of the Year:
Can’t Slow Down by Lionel Richie
Record of the Year:
“What’s Love Got To Do With It?” by Tina Turner
Song of the Year:
“What’s Love Got To Do With It?” by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten
Pop Vocal – Male:
Phil Collins, “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Pointer Sisters, “Jump (for My Love)”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing In The Dark”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Tina Turner, “Better Be Good To Me”
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Prince & The Revolution, Purple Rain
New Artist:
Cyndi Lauper

1985
Album of the Year:
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
Record of the Year:
“We Are The World” by USA for Africa
Song of the Year:
“We Are The World” by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson
Pop Vocal – Male:
Phil Collins, No Jacket Required
Pop Vocal – Female:
Whitney Houston, “Saving All My Love For You”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
USA for Africa, “We Are The World”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Don Henley, “The Boys of Summer”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Tina Turner, “One of the Living”
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”
New Artist:
Sade

1986
Album of the Year:
Graceland by Paul Simon
Record of the Year:
“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
Song of the Year:
“That’s What Friends Are For” by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager
Pop Vocal – Male:
Steve Winwood, “Higher Love”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Barbra Streisand, The Broadway Album
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Dionne and Friends, “That’s What Friends Are For”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Robert Palmer, “Addicted To Love”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Tina Turner, “Back Where You Started”
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Eurythmics, “Missionary Man”
New Artist:
Bruce Hornsby & The Range

1987
Album of the Year:
The Joshua Tree by U2
Record of the Year:
“Graceland” by Paul Simon
Song of the Year:
“Somewhere Out There” by James Horner, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil
Pop Vocal – Male:
Sting, Bring on the Night
Pop Vocal – Female:
Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Bruce Springsteen, Tunnel of Love
Rock Vocal – Female:
No Award Given
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
U2, The Joshua Tree
New Artist:
Jody Watley

1988
Album of the Year:
Faith by George Michael
Record of the Year:
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
Song of the Year:
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
Pop Vocal – Male:
Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Manhattan Transfer, Brasil
Rock Vocal – Male:
Robert Palmer, “Simply Irresistible”
Rock Vocal – Female:
Tina Turner, Tina Live In Europe
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
U2, “Desire”
New Artist:
Tracy Chapman

1989
Album of the Year:
Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt
Record of the Year:
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
Song of the Year:
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar
Pop Vocal – Male:
Michael Bolton, “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?”
Pop Vocal – Female:
Bonnie Raitt, “Nick of Time”
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”
Rock Vocal – Male:
Don Henley, The End of Innocence
Rock Vocal – Female:
Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time
Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:
Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys, Volume One
New Artist:
Milli Vanilli (later revoked)