Grammy Awards

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The Grammy Awards ( Grammys for short ; proper spelling "GRAMMY Awards") are music prizes that have been presented annually since 1959 by the Recording Academy in Los Angeles in 84 categories to artists such as singers , composers , musicians, as well as production managers and sound engineering . The 62nd Grammy Awards took place on January 26, 2020 .

The award is considered the highest international award for artists and recording teams. Its importance is comparable to the Oscar in the film industry. The corresponding trophy is a gramophone sculpture with a shiny gold design.

Publications from October of the year before last up to and including September of the previous year are eligible for an award. So if an album was released in October 2002, for example, it couldn't get the Grammy in 2003, but only in 2004. In each category, five candidates are nominated by a jury; in the event of a tie, more or fewer candidates can result. The nomination lists will be published in January. The final winners will not be announced until the official award ceremony in early February.

Submission process and selection of nominees

All media companies that are registered with the Recording Academy can submit recordings, as well as individual artists and other professionals working in the music industry who meet certain criteria. Submissions are made online, and a physical copy (usually a CD) must also be sent to NARAS. Once a recording is submitted, review sessions are held, attended by more than 150 music industry experts, to determine if the work was submitted in the correct category.

The resulting lists of eligible entries are distributed to the voting members, each of whom can vote for nomination in the general areas ( recording of the year , album of the year , song of the year and best new artist ), but no more than 9 fields of the total of 30 on his or her voting slip.

The five recordings that receive the most votes in each category will be nominated. For some special categories, however, there are separate evaluation committees that determine the final five nominees.

While Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members who award the Oscars are typically invited to screenings or receive DVDs of the Oscar-nominated films, NARAS members do not receive nominated recordings. Instead, they get access to private online listening.

Final vote

After the nominations have been completed, the voting slips for the final election of the winners will be sent to the voting members of NARAS, who are then again not allowed to tick more than 9 of the 30 boxes in the general areas. The members are asked to vote only in their respective areas of expertise. The vote is secret and is monitored by the independent auditing company Deloitte .

After the votes have been counted, the winners of the Grammy Awards will be announced. The entry with the most votes in a category wins, those who do not receive a medal for their nomination.

In both selection rounds, Academy members are only allowed to vote on the basis of quality criteria. You must not allow yourself to be influenced by sales figures, chart successes, personal friendships, regional preferences or loyalty to a particular company. The acceptance of gifts is prohibited. Members are asked to vote in such a way that the integrity of the Academy and its membership community is preserved. The registered media companies can submit contributions, but they are not allowed to take part in either of the two votes.

Recordings that were released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 could be submitted to the 60th Grammy Awards.

Course of the show

In 2013 there were Grammys in 81 categories. 70 award winners were announced in Los Angeles that afternoon in quick succession in a so-called pre-telecast ceremony . This was broadcast live on the Internet. Usually not all nominees are present, so representatives of the Recording Academy accept some of the prizes on their behalf.

The lavish three-hour television show in the evening is limited to the main categories. Some of the nominated artists appear here as well as superstars from the pop industry who are neither among the nominees nor among the winners. The Grammys of the individual categories are announced and presented by different celebrity couples.

Further awards

In addition to these main prizes for recordings and works from a specific year, there are also several general personal prizes, the most famous of which is the Lifetime Achievement Award . There is also the Grammy Trustees Award , the Technical Grammy Award , the Grammy Legend Award and the MusiCares Person of the Year Award .

In 1973 the Grammy Hall of Fame was also established. Since then, songs and albums have been recorded there that are at least 25 years old and have a special qualitative or historical significance. Since 2000 there has also been a similar award specifically for the field of Latin American music, the Latin Grammy .


The classical conductor Sir Georg Solti received the most Grammys by a single artist at the age of 31, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and six more for sound engineers and one for a soloist in his recordings. Since over 20 of these Grammys were awarded for his recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , this is the musical grouping with the most Grammys, currently (as of: including 2010) 60. Country musician Alison Krauss is the most successful interpreter with 27 awards; the band with the most Grammys is U2 ; they received the trophy 22 times.

Michael Jackson holds eight Grammy wins out of twelve nominations at the 1984 Grammy Awards, both the highest number of awards and the highest number of nominations for a single event. Eric Clapton received six Grammys in 1993 for his album Unplugged , the ballad Tears In Heaven and for the acoustic version of his hit Layla . Carlos Santana also received eight Grammys out of ten nominations in 2000 . The American rock band Toto made it to six Grammys in 1983 and was just as successful as Beyoncé Knowles in 2010 , who was nominated ten times that year. She shares this top spot with Lauryn Hill , who succeeded in 1999. Adele was nominated six times in 2012 and won all nominations. In 2020, then 18-year-old Billie Eilish won five Grammys, including all four main categories, with six nominations.

Grammy award winners from German-speaking countries

The following lists include Grammy Award winners from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They list the year of award, artist, category, and award-winning work. The number in brackets after the artist stands for the number of awards that the respective artist received.


In 1990 Milli Vanilli won a Grammy in the " Best New Artist " category . The awards were revoked due to the scandal surrounding the duo.

year Artist category plant
1963 Otto Klemperer Best Classical Performance - Choral Other Than Opera Bach : St. Matthew Passion
1966 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Best Opera Recording Berg : Wozzeck
1966 Fritz Wunderlich Best Opera Recording Berg: Wozzeck
1967 Klaus Voormann Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts Revolver ( The Beatles )
1973 Klaus Voormann (2) Album of the Year The Concert for Bangla Desh
1975 Ulf Hoelscher Best Album Notes - Classical The Classic Erich Wolfgang Korngold
1976 Silver Convention Best R&B Instrumental Performance Fly, Robin, Fly
1978 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2) Best Classical Album Concert of the Century
1979 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Best Classical Orchestral Performance Beethoven : Symphonies 1-9 (complete recording)
1980 Claus Ogerman Best instrumental arrangement Soulful Strut ( George Benson )
1981 Toni Blankenheim Best Opera Recording Berg: Lulu
1981 Günther Breest Best Opera Recording Berg: Lulu
1981 Michael Horwath Best Opera Recording Berg: Lulu
1981 Hanna Schwarz Best Opera Recording Berg: Lulu
1986 Harold Faltermeyer Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Beverly Hills Cop (OST)
1994 Anne-Sophie mother Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist (with Orchestra) Berg: Violin Concerto / Rihm: Time Chant
1994 Hans Zimmer Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals The Lion King (OST)
1994 Hans Zimmer (2) Best Musical Album for Children The Lion King (OST)
1995 Hansjörg Schellenberger Best Chamber Music Performance Beethoven / Mozart : Quintets (Chicago-Berlin)
1996 Hans Zimmer (3) Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Crimson Tide - In Deepest Danger (OST)
1998 René Pape Best Opera Recording Wagner : The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
2000 Berlin Philharmonic (2) Best Classical Vocal Performance Mahler : The boy's magic horn
2000 Anne-Sophie Mutter (2) Best Chamber Music Performance Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
2000 Thomas Quasthoff Best Classical Vocal Performance Mahler: The boy's magic horn
2001 Berlin Philharmonic (3) Best orchestral performance Mahler: Symphony No. 10
2001 Philipp Nedel Best Small Ensemble Performance Raskatov , Silvestrov & Schnittke ; After Mozart
2001 Helmuth Rilling Best choral performance Creed
2002 Dorothea Röschmann Best choral performance Bach: St. Matthew Passion
2003 René Pape (2) Best Opera Recording Wagner: Tannhauser
2004 Thomas Quasthoff (2) Best Classical Vocal Performance Schubert : songs with orchestra
2005 Anne-Sophie Mutter (3) Best Instrumental Soloist (s) Performance with Orchestra Bernstein : Serenade
2006 Valérie Gross Best Opera Recording Golijov : Ainadamar ("Fountain of Tears")
2006 Thomas Quasthoff (3) Best Classical Vocal Performance Bach: Bach cantatas
2006 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Best orchestral performance Shostakovich : Symphony No. 13
2007 Philipp Nedel (2) Best Small Ensemble Performance Stravinsky : Apollo, Concerto in D ; Prokofiev : 20 visions fugitives
2008 Thomas Quasthoff (4) Best choral performance Brahms : A German Requiem
2009 Hans Zimmer (4) Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media The Dark Knight (OST)
2010 Claus Ogerman (2) Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist (s) Quiet Nights ( Diana Krall )
2011 German Symphony Orchestra Berlin Best Opera Recording L'amour de loin
2011 Rundfunkchor Berlin Best Opera Recording L'amour de loin
2014 Christoph Eschenbach Best Classical Compendium Hindemith : Violin Concerto - Symphonic Metamorphosis - Concert Music op.50
2014 NDR symphony orchestra Best Classical Compendium Hindemith: Violin Concerto - Symphonic Metamorphosis - Concert Music op.50
2014 Zedd Best dance recording Clarity
2015 Renate Wolter-Seevers Best Opera Recording Charpentier : La descente d'Orphée aux enfers
2016 Augustin Hadelich Best Classical Instrumental Solo Dutilleux : Violin concerto, l'arbre des songes
2017 Dorothea Röschmann (2) Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Schumann & Berg (piano accompaniment: Mitsuko Uchida )
2018 Martin Kistner Best Historical Album Leonard Bernstein - The Composer
2018 power plant Best Dance / Electronic Album 3-D The Catalog
2018 Robert Russ Best Historical Album Leonard Bernstein - The Composer
2018 Anne Schwanewilms Best Opera Recording Berg: Wozzeck
2018 Roman Trekel Best Opera Recording Berg: Wozzeck
2020 NDR big band Best improvised jazz solo Sozinho


year Artist category plant
1979 Julius pack Best Opera Recording Lehár : " The Merry Widow "
1979 Herbert von Karajan Best Classical Orchestral Performance Beethoven : Symphonies 1-9 (complete recording)
1981 Franz Mazura Best Opera Recording Berg : Lulu
1986 Franz Mazura (2) Best Opera Recording Schoenberg : Moses and Aron
1999 Club 69 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Believe ( Cher )
2002 Arnold Schoenberg Choir Best choral performance Bach : St. Matthew Passion
2002 Concentus Musicus Vienna Best choral performance Bach: St. Matthew Passion
2002 Nikolaus Harnoncourt Best choral performance Bach: St. Matthew Passion
2002 Vienna Boys' Choir Best choral performance Bach: St. Matthew Passion
2005 Angelika Kirchschlager Best Opera Recording Mozart : Le nozze di Figaro
2005 Stefan Sagmeister Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package Once in a Lifetime ( Talking Heads )
2010 AKG Acoustics Technical Grammy Award -
2010 Stefan Sagmeister (2) Best Recording Package Everything That Happens Will Happen Today ( David Byrne / Brian Eno )
2010 Joe Zawinul Best Contemporary Jazz Album 75
2018 Hans Graf Best Opera Recording Berg: Wozzeck
2018 Manfred Honeck Best orchestral performance Shostakovich : 5th Symphony ; Barber : Adagio
2018 Patricia Kopatchinskaja Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance Death and the Maiden


year Artist category plant
1978 Yehudi Menuhin Best Classical Album Concert of the Century

Members of the Hall of Fame from German-speaking countries

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