Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance

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The Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance was awarded from 1970 to 1990 and in 1993. The award had several minor name changes:

  • From 1970 to 1985 the award was known as Best R&B Instrumental Performance
  • From 1986 to 1989 it was awarded as Best R&B Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)
  • In 1990 and 1993 it was awarded as Best R&B Instrumental Performance

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

Winners & Nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1970 King Curtis "Games People Play"
[1]
1971 No Award Given
1972 No Award Given
1973 Paul Riser & The Temptations "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (Instrumental)"
[2]
1974 Ramsey Lewis "Hang On Sloopy"
[3]
1975 MFSB "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" [4]
1976 Silver Convention "Fly, Robin, Fly"
[5]
1977 George Benson "Theme From Good King Bad" [6]
1978 The Brothers Johnson "Q"
[7]
1979 Earth, Wind & Fire "Runnin'" [8]

1980s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1980 Earth, Wind & Fire "Boogie Wonderland"
[9]
1981 George Benson "Off Broadway"
[10]
1982 David Sanborn "All I Need Is You"
  • Noel Pointer for "East St. Louis Melody"
  • Winton Felder for "Inherit the Wind"
  • Hiroshima for "Winds of Change (Henka Non Nagare)"
  • Ahmad Jamal for "You're Welcome, Stop On By"
[11]
1983 Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing (Instrumental Version)"
[12]
1984 Herbie Hancock "Rockit"
[13]
1985 Herbie Hancock "Sound-System"
[14]
1986 Ernie Watts "Musician"
[15]
1987 Yellowjackets "And You Know That"
[16]
1988 David Sanborn "Chicago Song"
[17]
1989 Chick Corea "Light Years"
[18]

1990s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1990 Soul II Soul "African Dance"
[19]
1991 No Award Given
1992 No Award Given
1993 Miles Davis "Doo-Bop"
[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammy Awards 1970". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards 1973". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards 1974". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "Grammy Awards 1975". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Grammy Awards 1976". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  6. ^ "Grammy Awards 1977". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards 1978". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards 1979". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  9. ^ "Grammy Awards 1980". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "Grammy Awards 1981". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Grammy Awards 1982". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  12. ^ "Grammy Awards 1983". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  13. ^ "Grammy Awards 1984". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "Grammy Awards 1985". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  15. ^ "Grammy Awards 1986". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "Grammy Awards 1987". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "Grammy Awards 1988". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  18. ^ "Grammy Awards 1989". AwardsandShows. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  19. ^ "A List of 32nd Annual Grammy Nominees". APNews. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  20. ^ "List of 35th Annual Grammy Nominations With PM-Grammys". APNews. Retrieved February 11, 2021.