Rock singer Bonnie Raitt, who has toiled in obscurity since the 1960s, won the album of the year Grammy and was named best female rock vocalist Wednesday for her Nick of Time album. "I am so transported," said Raitt, accepting her third best-album Grammy. "This means so much for the kind of music I do, and means those of us who do rhythm and blues are going to get a chance again."
"After all this time, thank you so much," Raitt, a four-time nominee, told the 32nd annual Grammy Awards show audience, "especially for nominating me in all those years when things weren't going so well."
She also shared the award for traditional blues with John Lee Hooker for for I'm in the Mood from Hooker's The Healer album.
Lyle Lovett won male country vocal honors for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band album; k.d. lang won country music's female vocalist award for Absolute Torch and Twang.
Blue-eyed soul balladeer Michael Bolton won best male pop vocalist Grammy for How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, and Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville won pop duo honors for their love duet Don't Know Much.
Bolton, who has been recording since the '70s, acknowledged his "overnight success" and thanked "Ray Charles for blessing us all and opening his mouth and singing."
Ronstadt thanked Neville's mother: "She gave us not only Aaron, but all the Neville Brothers and that's a pretty great musical contribution."
Milli Vanilli, the Munich-based, dreadlocked pop duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, won best new artist honors despite the "hip-hopping radio fodder" label given them by Rolling GRAMMYS 7A
Slick rhythm and blues group Soul II Soul, legendary jazz artist Miles Davis and jazz composer-arranger Dave Grusin were early multiple winners in pre-broadcast ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium.
Soul II Soul won the rhythm and blues group performance for the single Back to Life, and the R&B instrumental Grammy for African Dance from their Keep on Movin' album.
Davis, already recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, won best jazz solo instrumental for Aura and won for the same album in the big band jazz instrumental category.
Grusin won three Grammys, for the background score of the movie The Fabulous Baker Boys, instrumental arrangement for the suite from The Milagro Beanfield War and arrangement with vocals for My Funny Valentine from Baker Boys.
The all-star collaboration of The Traveling Wilburys won the rock vocal group Grammy, ending the Rolling Stones' latest bid for a first Grammy.
Brother and sister Michael and Janet Jackson won back-to-back music video trophies. Michael won the short form Grammy for his Leave Me Alone and Janet claimed the long form category for Rhythm Nation 1814.
The Academy also gave two posthumous Lifetime Achievement Awards to singer Nat "King" Cole and pianist Vladimir Horowitz.
Partial list of Grammy winners
Here is a partial list of Grammy winners in the order they were presented:
Pop instrumental: "Healing Chant," Neville Brothers.
Rhythm & blues, male: "Every Little Step," Bobby Brown.
New age: "Passion _ Music for the Last Temptation of Christ," Peter Gabriel.
Jazz fusion: "Letter From Home," Pat Matheny Group.
Jazz vocal, female: "Blues on Broadway," Ruth Brown.
Jazz vocal, male: "When Harry Met Sally," Harry Connick, Jr.
Jazz vocal performance: "Makin' Whoopee," Dr. John and Rickie Lee Jones.
Jazz instrumental soloist: "Aura," Miles Davis.
Jazz instrumental group: "Chick Corea, Akoustic Band," Chick Corea, Akoustic Band.
Jazz instrumental, big band: "Aura," Miles Davis.
Country vocal, duo or group: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume 2," The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Recording for children: "The Rock-a-Bye Collection, Volume 1," Tanya Goodman.
Comedy recording: "P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults," Professor Peter Schickele _ The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic.
Spoken word or nonmusical: "It's Always Something," Gilda Radner.
Musical cast show album: Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
Instrumental composition: "The Batman Theme."
Original instrumental background score for a movie or television: "The Fabulous Baker Boys."
Rhythm and blues performance, duo or group: "Soul II Soul."
Rhythm and blues instrumental: "African Dance, (Track for Keep on Movin')," "Soul II Soul."
Rhythm and blues song: "If You Don't Know Me By Now," Simply Red.
Bluegrass recording: "The Valley Road," Bruce Hornsby and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Arrangement on an instrumental: "Suite From "The Milagro Beanfield War,"' Dave Grusin.
Instrumental arrangement accompanying vocal: "My Funny Valentine," from "The Fabulous Baker Boys," Dave Grusin.
Album package: "Sound Vision," Roger Gorman.
Album notes: "Bird: The Complete Charlie on Verve," Phil Schaap.
Historical album: "Chuck Berry _ The Chess Box," Andy McKaie.
Engineered recording: "Cry Like a Rainstorm _ Howl Like the Wind," George Massenburg.
Rock vocal, duo or group: "Traveling Wilburys Volume One," Traveling Wilburys.
Rock instrumental: "Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop With Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas."
Hard rock vocal or instrumental: "Cult of Personality," Living Colour.
Metal vocal or instrumental: "One," Metallica.
Country vocal collaboration: "There's a Tear in My Beer," Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams Sr.
Country instrumental: "Amazing Grace," Randy Scruggs.
Country song: "After All This Time," Rodney Crowell.
Gospel, female: "Don't Cry," CeCe Winans.
Gospel, male: "Meantime," BeBe Winans.
Gospel, duo, group choir or chorus: "The Savior is Waiting," Take 6.
Soul gospel, female or male: "As Long As We're Together," Al Green.
Soul gospel, duo, group choir or chorus: "Let Brotherly Love Continue," Daniel Winans and Choir.
Latin pop: "Cielito Lindo," Jose Feliciano.
Tropical Latin: "Ritmo En El Corazon," Celia Cruz and Ray Barretto.
Mexican-American: "La Pistola Y El Corazon," Los Lobos.
Traditional blues: "I'm in the Mood," John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt.
Contemporary blues: "In Step," Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
Traditional folk: "Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Volume II," Bulgarian State Female Vocal Choir.
Contemporary folk: "Indigo Girls," Indigo Girls.
Polka: "All in My Love for You," Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra.
Reggae: "One Bright Day," Ziggy Marley.
Music video, short form: "Leave Me Alone," Michael Jackson.
Music video, long form: "Rhythm Nation," Janet Jackson.
Classical album: "Bartok: 6 String Quartets," Emerson String Quartet.
Orchestral recording: "Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor," Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic.
Choral (other than opera): "Britten: War Requiem," Robert Shaw conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Boy Choir.
Classical, instrumental, soloist or soloists (with Orchestra): "Barber: Cello Concerto, Opus 22, Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 68," David Zinman conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Classical, instrumental, soloist (without Orchestra): "Bach: English Suites, BWV 806-11," Andras Schiff.
Chamber music: "Bartok: 6 String Quartets," Emerson String Quartet.
Classical vocal soloist: "Knoxville _ Summer of 1915 (Music of Barber, Menotti, Harbison, Stravinsky)," Dawn Upshaw.
Contemporary composition: "Reich: Different Trains," Kronos Quartet.
Engineered recording, classical: "Britten: War Requiem," Robert Shaw conducting the Atlanta Symphony.
Classical producer of the year: Robert Woods.
Pop vocal, male: "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," Michael Bolton.
Pop vocal, duo or group: "Don't Know Much," Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville.
New artist: Milli Vanilli.
Rock vocal, female: "Nick of Time," Bonnie Raitt.