Grammy Awards 1961

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The US Grammys were awarded for the third time in 1961. At the 1961 Grammy Awards , this most important American music award went to 39 winners from 14 fields.

Main categories

Single of the year (Record of the Year):

Album of the Year:

Song of the Year:

Best New Artist:

  • Bob Newhart


Best female vocal performance, single or single piece (Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track, Female):

Best Female Vocal Performance Album (Best Vocal Performance Album, Female):

  • Mack the Knife - Ella In Berlin by Ella Fitzgerald

Best male vocal performance, single or one-off (Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track, Male):

Best Male Vocal Performance, Album (Best Vocal Performance Album, Male):

  • The Genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles

Best performance by a vocal group (2 to 6) (Best Performance By A Vocal Group - 2 To 6):

Best performance of a choir (7 or more people) (Best Performance By A Chorus - 7 Or More Persons):

Best Performance by a band - Dance (Best Performance By A Band For Dancing):

Best Performance by an orchestra (Best Performance By An Orchestra):

Best Performance by a single artist - Pop (Best Performance By A Pop Single Artist):

  • "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles

Rhythm & Blues

Best R&B performance (Best Rhythm & Blues Performance):


Best country and western performance (Best Country & Western Performance):


Best Jazz Performance - Soloist or Small Group (Best Jazz Performance Solo Or Small Group):

Best jazz performance - United Group (Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Large Group):

Best jazz composition with more than five minutes in duration (Best Jazz Composition Of More Than Five Minutes Duration):


Best Folk Performance (Best Performance - Folk):

For children

Best Recording for Children (Best Recording For Children):

  • Let's All Sing With The Chipmunks by David Seville and the Chipmunks


Best performance of a documentary or a text lecture - without comedy (Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word Other Than Comedy):


Best comedy performance - Language (Best Comedy Performance - Spoken Word):

Best Comedy Performance - Music (Best Comedy Performance - Musical):

Musical show

Best Show Album ( Original Cast) (Best Show Album - Original Cast):

Composition / arrangement

Best Soundtrack Album or Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Music Score From Motion Picture Or Television:

Best Arrangement (Best Arrangement):


Best album cover (Best Album Cover):

  • Latin à la Lee by Peggy Lee (Artistic Director: Marvin Schwartz)

Production and technology

Best Engineering Contribution, Popular Recording:

  • Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook by Ella Fitzgerald (Technique: Luis P. Valentin)

Best technical contribution - classical music (Best Engineering Contribution, Classical Recording):

  • The Spanish Guitars Of Laurindo Almeida by Laurindo Almeida (Technique: Hugh Davies)

Best technical contribution, special recording (Best Engineering Contribution, Novelty Recording):

  • The Old Payola Roll Blues by Stan Freberg (Technique: John Kraus)

Classical music

Best Classical Orchestral Performance (Best Classical Performance - Orchestra):

Best classical opera production (Best Classical Opera Production):

Best classical choir performance (with oratorio) (Best Classical Performance - Choral Including Oratorio):

Best classical performance - concert or solo instrument (Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Concerto Or):

  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major with Swjatoslaw Richter and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erich Leinsdorf

Best classical performance - solo instrument or duo without orchestral accompaniment (Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Duo Other Than With Orchestral Accompaniment):

Best Chamber Music Performance - Vocals or Instrument (Best Classical Performance - Vocal Or Instrumental - Chamber Music):

  • Conversations With The Guitar by Laurindo Almeida

Best classical solo vocal performance (Best Classical Performance - Vocal Soloist):

Best contemporary classical composition (Best Contemporary Classical Composition):