38th Annual Grammy Awards

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1996, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The awards recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Alanis Morissette was the main recipient, being awarded four trophies, including Album of the Year.[1] Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men opened the show with their Record of the Year nominated "One Sweet Day".

The ceremony was controversial for its unexpected snub of Mariah Carey's Daydream album, which proved to be one of the bestselling and most acclaimed albums of 1995.[2] When the Grammy Award nominees were announced, and Daydream was nominated for six different awards, critics began raving how it would be "cleaning up" that year.[3] Carey, being a multiple award nominee, was one of the headlining performers. Together with Boyz II Men, she sang a live rendition of "One Sweet Day", to a very positive response.[4] However, as the award winners were announced one by one, Carey watched as her name was not called up even once.[5] Daydream had lost all of its six nominations, shocking most critics who branded it the "album of the year".[6] With every passing loss, the television cameras continued to zoom on Carey's face, who was finding it more difficult to retain her smile. By the end of the night, Carey had not won a single award. The disappointment on her face was painfully obvious. While Carey was nominated again the following year, she did not perform again until the 2006 ceremony, when she was nominated for eight awards (winning three) for The Emancipation of Mimi.[7]

38th Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 28, 1996
LocationShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hosted byEllen DeGeneres
Television/radio coverage

Award winners







  • From 1994 through 2003, see "Best Spoken Comedy Album" under the "Spoken" field, below.

Composing and arranging







Musical show

Music video

New Age

Packaging and notes



Production and engineering



Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Rap Album




Traditional pop


Special merit awards

MusiCares Person of the Year


  1. ^ "1995 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. ^ Nickson 1998, pp. 152
  3. ^ Nickson 1998, pp. 154
  4. ^ Shapiro 2001, pp. 98
  5. ^ Nickson 1998, pp. 152
  6. ^ Shapiro 2001, pp. 98
  7. ^ "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations and winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved June 25, 2007.
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The Grammy is awarded to the composer(s) of the music, not to the performing artist, except if the artist is also the composer. There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

In 1958 it was awarded as Best Musical Composition First Recorded and Released in 1958 (over 5 minutes duration)

In 1960 it was awarded as Best Musical Composition First Recorded and Released in 1959 (more than 5 minutes duration)

In 1962 it was awarded as Best Instrumental Theme or Instrumental Version of Song

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The event took place on Winston Farm in Saugerties, New York, about 100 miles (160 km) north of New York City. The site is 10 miles (16 km) from Woodstock, New York.

Though only 164,000 tickets were sold, the crowd at Woodstock '94 was estimated at 550,000. The size of the crowd was larger than concert organizers had planned for and by the second night many of the event policies were logistically unenforceable. The major issues related to security, when attendees arrived, left or returned to the site, and the official concert food-beverage-vendor policy initially restricting attendees from entering with supplies of food, drinks and above all, alcohol. With the concert site mostly enclosed by simple chain link fences, there was hardly any difficulty for many attendees to enter freely along with carrying beer and other banned items. The security staff, along with the entrance and exit staff, could not continue reasonable monitoring of increasingly vast numbers entering, exiting, inspecting, while at the same time maintaining safety, security and peaceful atmosphere.

The festival was followed by Woodstock 1999.

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