The very first ceremony is held in two locations – in Beverly Hills and New York City – with 28 prizes given out in total.
The awards are televised live for the first time, with ABC buying the rights to the telecast.
Aretha Franklin wins Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the eighth consecutive year. To date, she holds the record for the most consecutive Grammys in the same category.
At 14, LeAnn Rimes wins Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance – the youngest individual winner ever.
Links to streaming services such as Spotify will now be accepted as submissions (in lieu of traditional CDs) – a mark of the changing music industry.
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This article was originally published in the January 2020 issue of SilverKris magazine