38th Annual Grammy Awards

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38th Annual Grammy Awards
Date February 28, 1996
Location Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS

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.[2] Daydream had lost all of its six nominations, shocking most critics who branded it the "album of the year".[4] 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.[5]

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. ^ a b Nickson 1998, p. 152[incomplete short citation]
  3. ^ Nickson 1998, p. 154[incomplete short citation]
  4. ^ a b Shapiro 2001, p. 98[incomplete short citation]
  5. ^ "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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