38th Annual Grammy Awards

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38th Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 28, 1996
LocationShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hosted byEllen DeGeneres
Most awardsAlanis Morissette (4)
Television/radio coverage
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The 38th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1996, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The awards recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Alanis Morissette was the main recipient, being awarded four trophies, including Album of the Year.[1] Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men opened the show with their Record of the Year nominated "One Sweet Day".

The ceremony was controversial for its unexpected snub of Mariah Carey's Daydream album, which proved to be one of the bestselling and most acclaimed albums of 1995.[2] When the Grammy Award nominees were announced, and Daydream was nominated for six different awards, critics began raving how it would be "cleaning up" that year.[3] Carey, being a multiple award nominee, was one of the headlining performers. Together with Boyz II Men, she sang a live rendition of "One Sweet Day", to a very positive response.[4] The album had lost all of its six nominations, shocking most critics who branded it the "album of the year".[5] Carey did not perform again until the 2006 ceremony, when she was nominated for eight awards (winning three) for The Emancipation of Mimi.[6]

The ceremony is also significant for Tupac Shakur introducing Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley of Kiss for the first time in full makeup and costume since 1979. Shakur said "And I've seen just about everything now," in response to seeing Kiss walk on stage to announce the nominees for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.[7]


Artist(s) Song(s)
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men "One Sweet Day"
Annie Lennox "Train in Vain"
Coolio "Gangsta's Paradise"
Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know"
Seal "Kiss from a Rose"
TLC "Waterfalls"
Joan Osborne "One of Us"
Shania Twain "Any Man of Mine"
The Mavericks "All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down"
Hootie & the Blowfish "I'm Going Home"
Dwight Yoakam "Fast As You"
Seal & Annie Lennox "What's Going On" (Tribute to Marvin Gaye)
CeCe Winans, Whitney Houston & Shirley Caesar Medley:


Presenter(s) Award(s)
Anita Baker Lifetime Achievement Award to Stevie Wonder
Timothy Hutton Lifetime Achievement Award to Dave Brubeck
Sheryl Crow & Andy Garcia Best Pop Vocal Album
Shania Twain & Patty Loveless Best Male Country Vocal Performance
The Mavericks Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Lisa Kudrow & Chris Isaak Best Hard Rock Performance
Mary J. Blige & Salt-N-Pepa Best Rap Solo Performance
Brandy & Michael W. Smith Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
Gloria Estefan & Tim Allen Best New Artist
Tupac Shakur & Kiss Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals
Bonnie Raitt & John Raitt Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
All-4-One & Celine Dion Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Toni Braxton & Babyface Song of the Year
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Tony Bennett Album of the Year
Vince Gill & Joni Mitchell Record of the Year

Award winners[edit]


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






  • From 1994 through 2003, see "Best Spoken Comedy Album" under the "Spoken" field, below.

Composing and arranging[edit]







Musical show[edit]

Music video[edit]

New Age[edit]

Packaging and notes[edit]



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

Production and engineering[edit]



Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Rap Album




Traditional pop[edit]


Special merit awards[edit]

MusiCares Person of the Year[edit]


  1. ^ "1995 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. ^ Nickson, Chris (1998). Mariah Carey revisited : her story. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 152. ISBN 0-312-19512-5. OCLC 39024852.
  3. ^ Nickson, Chris (1998). Mariah Carey revisited : her story. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 154. ISBN 0-312-19512-5. OCLC 39024852.
  4. ^ "Watch 11 unforgettable moments from the '96 Grammys". Today. Archived from the original on 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  5. ^ "Five of the Biggest Snubs in the History of Grammy Awards". The Lifestyle. Archived from the original on 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  6. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Screaming Mimi: 48th Annual Grammy Awards Recap". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 2020-02-25. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  7. ^ Christopher, Michael. "When Kiss Made a Surprise Comeback at the Grammys". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2020-04-16.