Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Awarded forquality male vocal performances in the pop music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2011
Currently held byBruno Mars, "Just the Way You Are" (2011)

The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance was a Grammy Award recognizing superior vocal performance by a male in the pop category, the first of which was presented in 1959. It was discontinued after the 2011 Grammy season. The award went to the artist. Singles or tracks only are eligible.

The awards have quite a convoluted history:

  • From 1959 to 1960 there was an award called Best Vocal Performance, Male, which was for work in the pop field
  • In 1961 the award was separated into Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track and Best Vocal Performance Album, Male
  • From 1962 to 1963 the awards from the previous year were combined into Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1964 to 1968 the award was called Best Vocal Performance, Male
  • In 1969, the awards were combined and streamlined as the award for Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1970 to 1971 the award was known as Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1972 to 1994 the award was known as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1995 to 2011 it was known as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

The award was discontinued in 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all solo performances in the pop category (male, female, and instrumental) were shifted to the newly formed Best Pop Solo Performance category.

Sting, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer, with four wins each, are the artists with the most awards in the category. Elton John is the artist with the most nominations at twelve.

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


Year[I] Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Perry Como "Catch a Falling Star" [1][2]
1960 Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me!
Ray Charles "Georgia on My Mind" [1][2]
Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles [1][2]
1962 Jack Jones "Lollipops and Roses" [1][2]
1963 Tony Bennett "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" [1][2]
1964 Jack Jones "Wives and Lovers" [1][2]
1965 Louis Armstrong "Hello, Dolly!" [1][2]
1966 Frank Sinatra "It Was a Very Good Year" [1][2]
1967 Frank Sinatra "Strangers in the Night" [1][2]
1968 Glen Campbell "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" [1][2]
1969 José Feliciano "Light My Fire" [1][2]
1970 Harry Nilsson "Everybody's Talkin'" [1][2]
1971 Ray Stevens "Everything Is Beautiful" [1][2]
1972 James Taylor "You've Got a Friend" [1][2]
1973 Harry Nilsson "Without You" [1][2]
1974 Stevie Wonder "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" [1][2]
1975 Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness' First Finale [1][2]
1976 Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years [1][2]
1977 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life [1][2]
1978 James Taylor "Handy Man" [1][2]
1979 Barry Manilow "Copacabana (At the Copa)" [1][2]
1980 Billy Joel 52nd Street [1][2]
1981 Kenny Loggins "This Is It" [1][2]
1982 Al Jarreau Breakin' Away [1][2]
1983 Lionel Richie "Truly" [1][2]
1984 Michael Jackson Thriller [1][2]
1985 Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" [1][2]
1986 Phil Collins No Jacket Required [1][2]
1987 Steve Winwood "Higher Love" [1][2]
1988 Sting Bring on the Night [1][2]
1989 Bobby McFerrin "Don't Worry, Be Happy" [1][2]
1990 Michael Bolton "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" [1][2]
1991 Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman (live 1987)" [1][2]
1992 Michael Bolton "When a Man Loves a Woman" [1][2]
1993 Eric Clapton "Tears in Heaven" [1][2]
1994 Sting "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" [1][2]
1995 Elton John "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" [1][2]
1996 Seal "Kiss from a Rose" [1][2]
1997 Eric Clapton "Change the World" [1][2]
1998 Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" [1][2]
1999 Eric Clapton "My Father's Eyes"
2000 Sting "Brand New Day" [1][2]
2001 Sting "She Walks This Earth" [1][2]
2002 James Taylor "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" [1][2]
2003 John Mayer "Your Body Is a Wonderland"
2004 Justin Timberlake "Cry Me a River"
2005 John Mayer "Daughters" [1][2]
2006 Stevie Wonder "From the Bottom of My Heart" [1][2]
2007 John Mayer "Waiting on the World to Change" [1][2]
2008 Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around... Comes Around" [1][2]
2009 John Mayer "Say" [1][2]
2010 Jason Mraz "Make It Mine" [1][3]
2011 Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" [1][4]

Category records[edit]

Most wins

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Sting
Stevie Wonder
John Mayer
Frank Sinatra
Eric Clapton
James Taylor
Jack Jones
Harry Nilsson
Michael Bolton
Phil Collins
Elton John
Justin Timberlake
Total wins 4 3 2

Most nominations

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Elton John Sting Frank Sinatra
Total nominations 12 11 8

Contemporary (R&R) Performance[edit]

In 1966 the Recording Academy established a similar, but different, category in the Pop Field for Best Contemporary (rock & roll) Performances. The category went through a number of changes before being discontinued after the 1968 awards.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male". Rock on the Net.
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards 1968". Awards & Shows.
  4. ^ "Grammy Awards 1968". Awards & Shows.

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