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Grammy winners from a decade when music still mattered

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February

toto-rosanna.jpgMumford & Sons isn't a TV show starring Redd Foxx? No, it's a Grammy winning band. "Did you hear that Elizabeth? Here comes the big one!" I'm sorry to always be the resident cranky old man here, but someone has to point out that "Fun" is only half the name of a fictional band -- Big Fun from Heathers.

So excuse me if I spent last night watching reruns of Battlestar Galactica instead of the Grammy awards. Frankly, the last time I watched that show of my own free will was -- yes -- the '80s.

Here were the Grammy winners 30 years ago, when the awards were held Feb. 23, 1983 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Record of the Year: Toto (producer & artist) for "Rosanna"

Album of the Year:  Toto (producer & artist) for Toto IV

Song of the Year: Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson (songwriters) for "Always on My Mind" performed by Willie Nelson

Best New Artist: Men at Work

Best Comedy Recording: Richard Pryor for Live on the Sunset Strip

Best Instrumental Composition: John Williams (composer) for "Flying - Theme From E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: Juice Newton for "Break It to Me Gently"

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: Willie Nelson for "Always on My Mind"

Best Video of the Year: Olivia Newton-John for "Physical"

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Melissa Manchester for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You"

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: Lionel Richie for "Truly"

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes for "Up Where We Belong"

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Ernie Watts for "Chariots of Fire Theme (Dance Version)"

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female: Jennifer Holliday for "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)"

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male: Marvin Gaye for "Sexual Healing"

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Dazz Band for "Let It Whip" and Earth, Wind & Fire for "Wanna Be With You"

Best R&B Instrumental Performance: Marvin Gaye for "Sexual Healing (Instrumental Version)"

Best Rhythm & Blues Song: Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather (songwriters) for "Turn Your Love Around" performed by George Benson

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female: Pat Benatar for "Shadows of the Night "

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male: John Cougar Mellencamp for "Hurts So Good"
 
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Survivor for "Eye of the Tiger "
 
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: A Flock of Seagulls for "D.N.A."

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