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Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male

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Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
Awarded for Quality male jazz vocal performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1981
Last awarded 1991

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to male recording artists for quality jazz vocal performances (songs or albums). Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

Prior to 1981, the gender-neutral category of Best Jazz Vocal Performance existed.[3] The first award specifically for male performances was presented to George Benson in 1981 for the song "Moody's Mood". The category remained unchanged until 1985, when it was combined with the award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female and presented in the genderless category. Gender-specific awards were once again presented from 1986 until 1991. In 1992, the two categories were combined and presented as the category Best Jazz Vocal Performance. This category was later renamed to Best Jazz Vocal Album beginning in 2001. While the gender-specific award has not been presented since the category merge in 1992, an official confirmation of its retirement has not been announced.

Bobby McFerrin holds the record for the most wins in this category, with a total of four consecutive wins from 1986 to 1989 (once along with Jon Hendricks). Mel Tormé and Harry Connick, Jr. each received the award twice. An American artist received the award each year it was presented. Tormé holds the record for the most nominations, with six. Mark Murphy and Joe Williams hold the record for the most nominations without a win, with a total of four each.


A man with his eyes wide open, holding a microphone placed on a stand. In the background are three stage lights, each a different color
1982 award winner Al Jarreau
Black and white image of a man in a suit and bowtie, with a white flower pinned on his lapel
Two-time award winner Mel Tormé
Black and white image of a man with his eyes closed and lips pressed
Two-time award winner Harry Connick, Jr.
Chronological list of award recipients and nominees along with all nominated works
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1981 George Benson "Moody's Mood" [4]
1982 Al Jarreau "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk"
  • Johnny HartmanOnce in Every Life
  • Jimmy RowlesMusic's the Only Thing (That's) On My Mind
  • Mel TorméMel Tormé and Friends Recorded Live at Marty's New York City
  • Joe Turner – Have No Fear, Joe Turner Is Here
1983 Mel Tormé An Evening with George Shearing & Mel Tormé [6]
1984 Mel Tormé Top Drawer [7]
1985[II] [8]
1986 Bobby McFerrin and Jon Hendricks "Another Night in Tunisia" [9]
1987 Bobby McFerrin "'Round Midnight" [10]
1988 Bobby McFerrin "What Is This Thing Called Love?" [11]
1989 Bobby McFerrin "Brothers" [12]
1990 Harry Connick, Jr. When Harry Met Sally... [13]
1991 Harry Connick, Jr. We Are in Love [14]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Award was combined with the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female category and presented in a genderless category known as Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

See also


  • "Past Winners Search: Jazz". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Ol' Blue Eyes, Barbra and Criss Cross Head Grammy Nominees". The Hour. January 14, 1981. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  4. ^ "Here's complete list of the Grammy nominations". Eugene Register-Guard. 114 (121). Eugene, Oregon. February 21, 1981. p. 36. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "24th Annual Grammy Awards Final Nominations". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 94 (3): 90. January 23, 1982. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "25th Annual Grammy Awards Final Nominations". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 95 (3): 67. January 22, 1983. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Complete List of the Nominees for 26th Annual Grammy Music Awards". Schenectady Gazette. Schenectady, New York. January 9, 1984. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  8. ^ "Prince, Turner, Lauper top Grammy nominations". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec: Canwest. January 11, 1985. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  9. ^ Hunt, Dennis (January 10, 1986). "'We Are The World' Scores In Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. p. 4. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  10. ^ Hunt, Dennis (January 9, 1987). "Grammy Nominations: Highs And Lows". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. p. 4. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  11. ^ Hunt, Dennis (January 15, 1988). "U2, Jackson Top Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "List of Grammy nominees". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio: Block Communications. January 13, 1989. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  13. ^ Silverman, David (January 12, 1990). "Grammy Nominations Break With Tradition". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "List of Grammy nominations". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina: The New York Times Company. January 11, 1991. Retrieved June 11, 2010.

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