Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

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The Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement has been awarded since 1963. The award is presented to the arranger(s) of the music. Only songs or tracks are eligible, no longer works (e.g. albums). The performing artist does not receive a Grammy, except if he/she is also the arranger.

There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

  • From 1963 to 1981 the award was known as Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • From 1982 to 1983 it was awarded as Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Recording
  • From 1984 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
  • From 1995 to 2014 it was again awarded as Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • From 2015 it will be awarded as Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella, which will from then on also include vocal arrangements for a capella performances.[1]

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.



  • Paul Allen, Troy Hayes, Evin Martin & J Moss for Bruno Mars, performed by Vocally Challenged
  • Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, performed by Pentatonix
  • Armand Hutton for Do You Hear What I Hear?, performed by Committed
  • Bob James for Ghost of a Chance, performed by Bob James & Nathan East
  • John Fedchock for You and The Night and The Music, performed by The John Fedchock New York Big Band







  1. ^, 12 June 2014