1979 Grammy Awards

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Record of the Year“What a Fool Believes,” Doobie Brothers
Album of the Year52nd Street, Billy Joel (Columbia)
Song of the Year“What a Fool Believes,” Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, songwriters
Best New ArtistRickie Lee Jones
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male52nd Street, Billy Joel
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female“I'll Never Love This Way Again,” Dionne Warwick
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or ChorusMinute by Minute, Doobie Brothers
Best Pop Instrumental Performance“Rise,” Herb Alpert
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male“Gotta Serve Somebody,” Bob Dylan
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female“Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer
Best Rock Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group“Heartache Tonight,” Eagles
Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceRockestra Theme,” Wings
Best Rhythm and Blues Song“After the Love Has Gone,” David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male“Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female“Deja Vu,” Dionne Warwick
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus“After the Love Has Gone,” Earth, Wind and Fire
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance“Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind and Fire

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Best Disco Recording
“I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor (Polydor)
Best Jazz Vocal PerformanceFine and Mellow, Ella Fitzgerald
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, SoloistJousts, Oscar Peterson
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, GroupDuet, Gary Burton and Chick Corea
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big BandAt Fargo, 1940 Live, Duke Ellington
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental8:30, Weather Report
Best Country Song“You Decorated My Life,” Debbie Hupp and Bob Morrison, songwriters
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male“The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers
Best Country Vocal Performance, FemaleBlue Kentucky Girl, Emmylou Harris
Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Charlie Daniels Band
Best Country Instrumental Performance“Big Sandy/Leather Britches,” Doc and Merle Watson
Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or InspirationalHeed the Call, Imperials
Best Gospel Performance, TraditionalLift Up the Name of Jesus, Blackwood Brothers
Best Soul Gospel Performance, ContemporaryI'll Be Thinking of You, Andrae Crouch
Best Soul Gospel Performance, TraditionalChanging Times, Mighty Clouds of Joy
Best Latin RecordingIrakere, Irakere (Columbia)
Best Inspirational PerformanceYou Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer), B.J. Thomas
Best Ethnic or Traditional RecordingMuddy “Mississippi” Waters Live, Muddy Waters (Sky/CBS)
Best Instrumental Arrangement“Soulful Strut,” Claus Ogerman, arranger
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)“What a Fool Believes,” Michael McDonald, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition“Main Title Theme From Superman,” John Williams, composer
Best Cast Show AlbumSweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim, composer and Iyricist (RCA)
Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television SpecialSuperman, John Williams, composer (Warner Bros.)
Best Classical AlbumBrahms, Symphonies Complete, Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra (London)
Best Classical Orchestral RecordingBrahms, Symphonies Complete, Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra (London)
Best Chamber Music PerformanceCopland, Appalachian Spring, Dennis Russell Davies conducting St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)Bartók, Concertos for Piano nos. 1 and 2, Maurizio Pollini; Abbado conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)The Horowitz Concerts 1978/79, Vladimir Horowitz
Best Opera RecordingBritten, Peter Grimes, Colin Davis conducting Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; solos: Vickers, Harper and Summers (Philips)
Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)Brahms, A German Requiem, Sir Georg Solti, conductor and Margaret Hillis, choral director, Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Best Classical Vocal Soloist PerformanceO Sole Mio, Luciano Pavarotti
Best Comedy RecordingReality…What a Concept, Robin Williams (Casablanca)
Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama RecordingAges of Man (Readings From Shakespeare), Sir John Gielgud (Caedmon)
Best Recording for ChildrenThe Muppet Movie, Jim Henson, creator (Atlantic)
Best Album PackageBreakfast in America, Mike Doud and Mick Haggerty, art directors (A&M)
Best Album NotesCharlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Sessions, Bob Porter and James Patrick, annotators (Savoy)
Best Historical ReissueBillie Holiday (Giants of Jazz) (Time Life)
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)Larry Butler
Classical Producer of the YearJames Mallinson
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