Watch Sheryl Crow Win Best Rock Album of 1999

Music’s biggest night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airs live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

In the weeks leading up to the telecast, we’ll walk through some of the golden moments in GRAMMY history with the GRAMMY Rewind, highlighting the “big four” categories – Album of the Year, Record of the Year , Song of the Year, and Best New Artist – in 10-year increments before ending with a look at the past five years. In the process, we’ll discuss the winners and nominees who narrowly missed out on winning a GRAMMY, while shedding light on the artists’ careers and the eras in which the recordings originated.

Join us as we take an abbreviated journey through the trajectory of pop music from the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1959 to the 53rd telecast this year. Today, the GRAMMY Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary.

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards
February 25, 1998

album of the year
Winner: Bob Dylan time out of mind
baby face, The day
Paula Cole, This fire
Paul McCartney, Flaming pie
Radiohead, Ok Computer

The venerable Dylan edged out a diverse field by winning his second album of the year award for time out of mind, produced by Daniel Lanois. (His first came in 1972 for his participation in The concert for Bangla Desh.) Dylan’s unforgettable performance on the telecast included an encounter with a stage accident with the words “Soy Bomb” on his chest. Fluid R&B songwriter/producer Babyface made the cut with The day, which featured the touching title track written about the day his then-wife, Tracey Edmonds, told him she was pregnant with their first child, Brandon. Babyface won back-to-back Producer of the Year awards in 1995 and 1996. Singer-songwriter Cole, who scored impressive nods in all four General Field categories, was recognized for her second album . Current winner of MusiCares Person of the Year McCartney, which won album of the year 30 years before with his Liverpool friends, was cited for Flaming pie, a stripped-down song cycle inspired by the recent GRAMMY winner The Beatles Anthology. Although Radiohead would lose in this category, the British alternative rockers won their first GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Performance.

Disc of the year
Winner: Shawn Colvin, “Sunny Came Home”
Paula Cole, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”
Sheryl Crow, “Everyday’s a Winding Road”
Hanson, “MMMbop”
R. Kelly, “I Believe I Can Fly”

“Sunny Came Home”, which depicts the story of a woman who sets her house on fire in an attempt to escape her haunting past, was Colvin’s highest charting single (No. 7) on the Billboard Hot 100. , and paved the way for him long career. “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” de Cole – whose name falls on the Duke, John Wayne – scored his only Top 10 single. After winning three GRAMMYs the previous year, Crow was kicked out twice in 1997, but would pick the award in 1998 and 1999 The brother Hanson trio, who literally emerged from the In the middle of nowhere, was recognized with the smash “MMMbop,” which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kelly’s inspirational anthem “I Believe I Can Fly” would miss the cut here, but he racked up three GRAMMYs, including Best Rhythm & Blues Song. “I Believe…” narrowly missed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 2.

song of the year
Winner: Shawn Colvin, “Sunny Came Home”
Paula Cole, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”
R. Kelly, “I Believe I Can Fly”
No doubt, “Don’t speak”
LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, “How I Live”

It’s been a big year for South Dakota-born Colvin and “Sunny Came Home,” which she wrote with John Leventhal. Cole and Kelly also resumed their Record Of The Year nods. “Where have all the cowboys gone?” was written by Cole, whose album showed similar lyrical depth to contemporaries such as Jewel and Sarah McLachlan. “I Believe I Can Fly”, with its elements of R&B and soul, was written, produced and performed by Kelly. Hailing from Anaheim, Calif., No Doubt cut a fine figure with his heartbreaking ballad “Don’t Speak,” written by singer Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric. The alt-ska band would win their first GRAMMY five years later. Teenage country sensation Rimes, who won Best New Artist in 1996, and Yearwood were each nominated for “How Do I Live,” which was written by Diane Warren. It marked a GRAMMY first, with two artists representing the same song in one category. Rimes’ version would go higher, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but Yearwood’s rendition won a GRAMMY for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

‘Sunny Came Home’ wins Song of the Year

Best New Artist
Winner: Paula Cole
Fiona Apple
Erykah Badu
Hansen
puff dad

Emerging from a genre-rich pool, Massachusetts-native Cole wouldn’t walk away empty-handed as he landed the coveted Best New Artist award. Apple, who had been a bad, bad girl throughout 1996, was good enough to get a nomination, as well as a win for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Criminal.” While R&B/soul singer Badu wouldn’t win for Best New Artist, she won two awards in 1997, including Best R&B Album for her debut. Baduizme. Marking the start of his future empire, hip-hop star Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, now simply known as Diddy, lost but wouldn’t walk away empty-handed as he scored a GRAMMY for “I’ll Be Missing.” You,” a tribute to the fallen Notorious BIG featuring excerpts from Police’s GRAMMY-winning “Every Breath You Take.” The Hanson Brothers, whose sunny pop sound contrasted with the dark sounds of mid-’90s grunge, rounded out the nominees.

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