BetteBack February 23, 1977: Grammy Awards Winners

Eureka Times Standard
Grammies: Stevie Wonder is Mr. Pop
February 23, 1977

LOS ANGELES (API — They don’t call him “Little Stevie Wonder” any more. Stevie Wonder has proven once again he is the biggest man in pop, taking four statuettes in the 19th annual Grammy Awards on Saturday night. Wonder swept the big ones — album of the year, top pop male vocalist,, male rhythm and blues performer and best producer.

All of wonder’s winners, came for his “Songs in the Key of Life” album, with his R&B victory for a cut off the album, “I Wish.” Wonder’s lifetime! total now is 14.

George Benson’s “This Masquerade” was named record of the year and songwriter Bruce Johnston won a Grammy for song of the year for Barry Manilow’s rendition of his “I Write the Songs.”

The .Starland Vocal Band was chosen best new group by the 4,000 voting members of the National Academy of REcording Arts and Sciences. The group also won a G r a m m y f o r b e s t arrangement for a voca! group for their “Afternoon
Delight.”

Here are the top winners in the 19th annual Grammy Awards.

Record of the year – “This M a s q u e r a d e , ” George Benson.
Album of the year — “Songs in the Key of Life,” Stevie Wonder.
Song of the year — “I Write the Songs,” Bruce Johnston.
Best pop performance,male — Stevie Wonder, “Songs in the Key of Life.”
Best pop performance, female — Linda Ronstadt,”Hasten Down the Wind.”
Best new pop artist — Stariand Vocal Band.
Best pop performance by a group — Chicago, “If You Leave Me Now.”
Best Country songLarry Gatlin, “Broken Lady.”
Best country performance,female — Emmylou Harris, “Elite Hotel.”
Best country performance, male – Ronnie Milsap, “Stand By My Woman Man.”
Best country performance, group — Amazig Rhythm Aces. “The End is Not in Sight.”
Best rhythm and blues performance, female — Natalie Cole. “Sophisticated Lady.”
Best R&B performance, male — Stevie Wonder, “I Wish.”
Best R&B performance, group – Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.. “You Don’t Have to Be a Star.”
Best jazz vocal performanceElla Fitzgerald, “Fitzgerald and Pass.”

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