One specific genre or award category in The Grammy Awards that I find to be interesting is the engineering category. When people think about the The Grammys they think artists or performers are the only ones to receive an award, which is not the case. There aren’t as many categories for people who work on the album as there are for the artists but the engineering category, being one of them, has been around since this award ceremony was started. When it started in 1958 the category including Best Engineered Record (Classical) and Best Engineered Record (Non-Classical). What I find interesting about this is that it was called “record”, a record because that was the major form of how people were able to listen to music as opposed to today where there is plethora of different mediums to hear music. In the following years these 2 subcategories would be joined to be one category for the engineering award. It would turn into Best Engineering Contribution (Novelty), Best Engineering Contribution (Popular), then to Best Engineered Recording (Special/Novel Effects). After these few changes to the category over a 5 year span, from 1959 to 1964, Best Engineered Recording (Special/Novel Effects) stuck around for 27 years. Then in 1991 there was another change. The change was called Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical). This is still a category today along with another that was introduced in 1997 called Best Engineered Album (Classical). Whats fascinating about this change is that now we have the exact same awards today as we did when The Grammys were started. With one exception, the one word difference in the title, “Album”. I believe this to be because of the multiple forms of media we now have, as I mentioned before.
Throughout all the years The Grammy Awards have been around there are two years that stick out the most to me, 1982 being one of them and 1983 being the other. For Toto 1982 was a big year. They nearly won every major category that year. They won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year. Although they did not win Best New Artist or Best Engineered Recording, their album Toto IV was the reason for J. Garszva, B. Schnee, E. Scheiner, and R. Nichols winning Best Engineered Recording. Although Toto never won another award after that year they still achieved something great in 1982. Another great year for a certain individual in 1983, named Quincy Jones, did really well. He won 3 out of the 5 major categories; Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year. He has won many other awards over the years for his works with Michael Jackson as well as his own. In total he has won 27 awards throughout his career and many nominations as well. Out of both of these years I would say that out of all of the nominations for Producer of the Year 1983 may have been the wrong choice. Quincy Jones was one of the the nominees in that category for his work with Michael Jackson that year. I think Quincy should have won it for the shear fact that the work he did with Michael Jackson is amazing and timeless.