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Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality instrumental pop performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1969
Last awarded 2011
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance was awarded between 1969 and 2011.

  • In 1969 it was awarded as Best Contemporary-Pop Performance, Instrumental
  • From 1970 to 1971 it was awarded as Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance
  • In 1972 it was awarded as Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • In 1973 it was awarded as Best Pop Instrumental Performance by an Instrumental Performer
  • From 1974 to 1975 it was again awarded as Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • From 1986 to 1989 it was awarded as Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)
  • Since 1990 it has again been awarded as Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • The award was discontinued from 2011 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all instrumental performances in the pop category (solo or with a duo/group) was shifted to either the newly formed Best Pop Solo Performance or Best Pop Duo/Group Performance categories.

A similar award for Best Instrumental Performance was awarded from 1965 to 1968. This was also in the pop field, but did not specify pop music.


Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1969 Mason Williams  United States "Classical Gas"
1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears  United States "Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie"
1971 Henry Mancini  United States "Theme from Z and Other Film Music"
1972 Quincy Jones  United States Smackwater Jack
1973 Billy Preston  United States "Outa-Space"
1974 Eumir Deodato  Brazil "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"
1975 Marvin Hamlisch  United States "The Entertainer"
1976 Van McCoy  United States "The Hustle"
1977 George Benson  United States Breezin'
1978 John Williams  United States Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope soundtrack
1979 Chuck Mangione  United States Children of Sanchez
1980 Herb Alpert  United States "Rise"

1981 Bob James and Earl Klugh  United States One on One

1982 Larry Carlton and Mike Post  United States "The Theme From Hill Street Blues"

1983 Ernie Watts  United States "Chariots of Fire Theme (Dance Version)"

1984 George Benson  United States "Being with You"

1985 Ray Parker, Jr.  United States "Ghostbusters (Instrumental)"

1986 Jan Hammer  Czechoslovakia
(now  Czech Republic)
"Miami Vice Theme" [7]
1987 Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens  Germany
 United States
"Top Gun Anthem"

1988 Larry Carlton  United States "Minute by Minute"

1989 David Sanborn  United States "Close-In" [10]
1990 The Neville Brothers  United States "Healing Chant"

1991 Angelo Badalamenti  United States "Twin Peaks Theme"

1992 Michael Kamen  United States Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

1993 Richard Kaufman  United States "Beauty and the Beast"

1994 Branford Marsalis and Bruce Hornsby  United States "Barcelona Mona"

1995 Booker T. & the M.G.'s  United States "Cruisin'"

1996 Los Lobos  United States "Mariachi Suite"

1997 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones  United States "The Sinister Minister" [18]

1998 Sarah McLachlan  Canada "Last Dance"

1999 The Brian Setzer Orchestra  United States "Sleepwalk"

2000 Santana  Mexico
 United States
"El Farol"

2001 The Brian Setzer Orchestra  United States "Caravan"

2002 Eric Clapton  United Kingdom "Reptile"

2003 B. B. King  United States "Auld Lang Syne" [24]
2004 George Harrison  United Kingdom "Marwa Blues"

2005 Ben Harper  United States "11th Commandment

2006 Les Paul  United States "Caravan"

2007 George Benson and Al Jarreau  United States "Mornin'"

2008 Joni Mitchell  Canada "One Week Last Summer"

2009 Eagles  United States "I Dreamed There Was No War"

2010 Béla Fleck  United States "Throw Down Your Heart"

2011 Jeff Beck  United Kingdom Nessun Dorma

  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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