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32nd Annual Grammy Awards

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32nd Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 21, 1990
LocationShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Hosted byGarry Shandling
Most awardsBonnie Raitt (4)
Television/radio coverage
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The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 21, 1990, and hosted by Garry Shandling. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year.[1][2]

The Milli Vanilli duo pose with Michael Greene, chairman of NARAS, during the 1990 Grammys rehearsal.





Award winners


The Grammy Award for Best New Artist was originally awarded to Milli Vanilli. However, on November 20, 1990, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revoked the award[3][4][5] after producer Frank Farian admitted the duo did not sing at all on their album, Girl You Know It's True.[6] As of the 2023 ceremony, this is the only time where a Grammy has been revoked.


Fine Young Cannibals rehearsing for the Grammys.

Special Merit Awards


Nat "King" Cole, Miles Davis, Vladimir Horowitz, and Paul McCartney were each awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[7]


  1. ^ "Bonnie Raitt wins this thing called Grammy 4 times". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 22 February 1990. Retrieved 1 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "1989 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Milli Vanilli is stripped of Grammy for fakery". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 20 November 1990. Retrieved 1 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Shriver, Jerry (January 28, 2010). "Milli Vanilli frontman says duo were musical 'scapegoats'". USA Today. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Philips, Chuck (November 16, 1990). "It's True: Milli Vanilli Didn't Sing : Pop music: The duo could be stripped of its Grammy after admitting it lip-synced the best-selling 'Girl You Know It's True.'". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Philips, Chuck (November 20, 1990). "Milli Vanilli's Grammy Rescinded by Academy : Music: Organization revokes an award for the first time after revelation that the duo never sang on album". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  7. ^ "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT GRAMMY AWARD". www.grammy.com. Retrieved 2022-08-13.