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1980s Grammy Awards

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1980

Album of the Year:
Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross

Record of the Year:
"Sailing," by Christopher Cross

Song of the Year:
"Sailing," by Christopher Cross

Pop Vocal - Male:
Kenny Loggins, "This Is It"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Bette Midler, "The Rose"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb, "Guilty"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Billy Joel, Glass Houses

Rock Vocal - Female:
Pat Benatar, Crimes of Passion

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Against The Wind

New Artist:
Christopher Cross

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1981

Album of the Year:
Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Record of the Year:
"Bette Davis Eyes," by Kim Carnes

Song of the Year:
"Bette Davis Eyes," by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon

Pop Vocal - Male:
Al Jarreau, "Breakin' Away"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Lena Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Manhattan Transfer, "Boy from New York City"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Rick Springfield, "Jessie's Girl"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Pat Benatar, "Fire & Ice"

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Police, "Don't Stand So Close To Me"

New Artist:
Sheena Easton

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1982

Album of the Year:
Toto IV by Toto

Record of the Year:
"Rosanna," by Toto

Song of the Year:
"Always On My Mind," by Johnny Christopher, Mark James,
and Wayne Thompson

Pop Vocal - Male:
Lionel Richie, "Truly"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Melissa Manchester, "You Should Hear How He Talks About You"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong"

Rock Vocal - Male:
John Cougar, "Hurts So Good"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Pat Benatar, "Shadows In The Night"

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger"

New Artist:
Men At Work

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1983

Album of the Year:
Thriller by Michael Jackson

Record of the Year:
"Beat It," by Michael Jackson

Song of the Year:
"Every Breath You Take," by Sting

Pop Vocal - Male:
MIchael Jackson, Thriller

Pop Vocal - Female:
Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What A Feeling"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Police, "Every Breath You Take"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Michael Jackson, "Beat It"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Pat Benatar, "Love Is A Battlefield"

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Police, Synchronicity

New Artist:
Culture Club

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1984

Album of the Year:
Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie

Record of the Year:
"What's Love Got To Do With It?" by Tina Turner

Song of the Year:
"What's Love Got To Do With It?" by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten

Pop Vocal - Male:
Phil Collins, "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Tina Turner, "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Pointer Sisters, "Jump (for My Love)"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Bruce Springsteen, "Dancing In The Dark"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Tina Turner, "Better Be Good To Me"

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Prince & The Revolution, Purple Rain

New Artist:
Cyndi Lauper

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1985

Album of the Year:
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins

Record of the Year:
"We Are The World" by USA for Africa

Song of the Year:
"We Are The World" by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson

Pop Vocal - Male:
Phil Collins, No Jacket Required

Pop Vocal - Female:
Whitney Houston, "Saving All My Love For You"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
USA for Africa, "We Are The World"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Don Henley, "The Boys of Summer"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Tina Turner, "One of the Living"

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Dire Straits, "Money for Nothing"

New Artist:
Sade

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1986

Album of the Year:
Graceland by Paul Simon

Record of the Year:
"Higher Love" by Steve Winwood

Song of the Year:
"That's What Friends Are For" by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager

Pop Vocal - Male:
Steve Winwood, "Higher Love"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Barbra Streisand, The Broadway Album

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Dionne and Friends, "That's What Friends Are For"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Robert Palmer, "Addicted To Love"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Tina Turner, "Back Where You Started"

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Eurythmics, "Missionary Man"

New Artist:
Bruce Hornsby & The Range

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1987

Album of the Year:
The Joshua Tree by U2

Record of the Year:
"Graceland" by Paul Simon

Song of the Year:
"Somewhere Out There" by James Horner, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil

Pop Vocal - Male:
Sting, Bring on the Night

Pop Vocal - Female:
Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Bruce Springsteen, Tunnel of Love

Rock Vocal - Female:
No Award Given

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
U2, The Joshua Tree

New Artist:
Jody Watley

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1988

Album of the Year:
Faith by George Michael

Record of the Year:
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

Song of the Year:
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

Pop Vocal - Male:
Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
The Manhattan Transfer, Brasil

Rock Vocal - Male:
Robert Palmer, "Simply Irresistible"

Rock Vocal - Female:
Tina Turner, Tina Live In Europe

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
U2, "Desire"

New Artist:
Tracy Chapman

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1989

Album of the Year:
Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt

Record of the Year:
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

Song of the Year:
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar

Pop Vocal - Male:
Michael Bolton, "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?"

Pop Vocal - Female:
Bonnie Raitt, "Nick of Time"

Pop Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much"

Rock Vocal - Male:
Don Henley, The End of Innocence

Rock Vocal - Female:
Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time

Rock Performance - Duo or Group with Vocal:
Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys, Volume One

New Artist:
Milli Vanilli (later revoked)

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