Grammy Firsts

Timeline created by SSB
In Music
  • And the Grammy goes to... William 'Count' Bassie

    William 'Count' Bassie was the first African American mele to win a Grammy. The jazz enthusiast won a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance (Group) and Best Performace by a Dance Band in the inagural ceremony. Bassie established the jazz art form to be taken seriously by all. His work was compared to other jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson. By 1937, the Count Bassie Orchestra had become one of the leading bands in New York City.
  • And the Grammy goes to... Ella Fitzgerald

    And the Grammy goes to... Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella Fitzgerald was the first African American woman to win a Grammy. 'The First Lady of Song' won for Best Vocal Performance for "But Not For Me" and Best Jazz Performance Individual for Ella Fitzgerald for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook. She would go on to win 13 Grammys and sell over 40 million albums over during her career. Ella was known for her sultry ballads and wide vocal range. She worked with other artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie.
  • And the Grammy goes to.... Duke Ellington

    Best Performance By A Dance Band - Anatomy Of A Murder Best Musical Composition First Recorded and Released in 1959 (More Than Five Minutes Duration) - Anantomy Of A Murder Best Soundtrack Album -Background Score From A Motion Picture Or Television- Anatomy Of A Murder
  • And the Grammy goes to... Nat King Cole

    Best Performance By A "Top 40" Artist- Midnight Flyer
  • And the Grammy goes to... Ray Charles

    Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track, Male- Georgia On My Mind Best Vocal Performance Album, Male- The Genius of Ray Charles Best Performance By A Pop Single Artist- Georgia On My Mind Best Rhythm and Blues Performance- Let The Good Times Roll
  • And the Grammy goes to... Mahalia Jackson

    Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording- Everytime I Feel the Spirit
  • And the Grammy goes to... Leontyne Price

    Best Classical Performance: Vocal Soloist (With Or Without Orchestra) -Great Scenes From Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
  • And the Grammy goes to... Bill Cosby

    Best Comedy Performance- I Started Out As A Child
  • And the Grammy goes to... Ramsey Lewis

    Best Instrumental Jazz Performance- Small Group or Soloist With Small Group - The "In" Crowd
  • And the Grammy goes to... James Brown

    Best Rhythm And Blues Recording- Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
  • And the Grammy goes to... Cortelia Clark

    Best Folk Recording- Blues In The Street
  • And the Grammy goes to... Whitney Houston

    And the Grammy goes to... Whitney Houston
    Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female- Saving All My Love For You
  • And the Grammy goes to... Naughty By Nature

    Best Rap Album- Poverty's Paradise
  • And the Grammy goes to... Brandy and Monica

    Best R&B Peformance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal- The Boy Is Mine
  • And the Grammy goes to... Destiny's Child

    Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal - Say My Name
  • And the Grammy goes to Beyonce ft. Jay-Z

    And the Grammy goes to Beyonce ft. Jay-Z
    Best Rap/Song Collaboration- Crazy In Love