The 35th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1993 and recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. The nominations were announced on January 7, 1993. The evening's host was the American stand-up comedian Garry Shandling, who hosted the ceremony for the third time. The CBS network broadcast the show live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
This particular Grammy live broadcast was the commercially most successful of its kind in the 1990s. As Nielsen Media Research and Billboard magazine stated on January 10, 2004, "the highest-rated Grammy show of the 1990s was the 1993 telecast, which got a 19.9 rating/31 share and 30 million United States viewers" alone. British guitarist and singer Eric Clapton was the night's big winner, winning six awards out of nine nominations including Album, Song and Record of the Year.
A total of twelve live performances where held at the ceremony, including "Constant Craving" by k. d. lang, "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers with George Clinton and P-Funk, "Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue, "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole, "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart, "People Everyday" by Arrested Development, "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hallelujah!" by Mervyn Warren and Los Angeles Master Chorale, "Beauty and the Beast" by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson as well as "Cherokee" by Arturo Sandoval featuring the GRP All-Stars Ensemble and Clapton's "Tears in Heaven".
At the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1993, the production mixers Ed Greene, Rick Himot, Don Worsham, David Hewitt and Paul Sandweiss were nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special, losing to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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