26th Annual Grammy Awards

26th Annual Grammy Awards
Date February 28, 1984
Location Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hosted by John Denver
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS

The 26th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1984 at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1983. Michael Jackson won a record eight awards during the show.[1][2]

Album of the Year and Record of the Year went to Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson for Thriller, and Song of the Year went to Sting for "Every Breath You Take".


The 26th Grammys had the highest ratings in its history with 43.8 mil viewers, a record unmatched as of 2016.[3]


Artist(s) Song(s)
Donna Summer "She Works Hard for the Money"
Big Country "In a Big Country"
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
Chuck Berry
with George Thorogood & Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Roll Over Beethoven
The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
Phil Driscoll "Amazing Grace"
Albertina Walker "Spread the Word"
Linda Ronstadt "What's New?"
Walter Charles "We Are What We Are" / "I Am What I Am"
(from La Cage aux Folles)
Herbie Hancock "Rockit"
The Oak Ridge Boys "Love Song"
John Denver & a muffet Dialogue tune
Sheena Easton "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"
Wynton Marsallis
with orchestra and quartet
"A Finale"
Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling"



Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Traditional Blues Recording




Best Comedy Recording

Composing and arranging







Musical show

Best Cast Show Album

Music video

Best Video, Short Form
Best Video Album

Packaging and notes

Best Album Package
Best Album Notes


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Production and engineering

Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
Classical Producer of the Year


Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Best Rhythm & Blues Song


Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Rock Instrumental Performance


Best Spoken Word or Non-musical Recording


  1. "Grammy honors thrill Jackson". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 29 February 1984. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. "1983 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. "Whitney Houston Tragic Grammys Draw 39.9 Million Viewers, Second Most Watched Ever". Deadline.com. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
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