The first Grammy Awards were held on May 4, 1959, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event was hosted by comedian and actor Mort Sahl and was broadcast live on CBS. The first annual Grammy Awards honored musical achievements from the previous year.
The big winner of the night was Henry Mancini, who won four awards for his work on the soundtrack for the movie “The Glenn Miller Story”. He won Record of the Year for “Moon River”, Album of the Year for “The Music from Peter Gunn”, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for “Days of Wine and Roses”, and Best Performance by an Orchestra for “The Glenn Miller Story”.
Other winners included Ella Fitzgerald, who won Best Vocal Performance, Female for her album “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook”; Ray Charles, who won Best Vocal Performance, Male for his album “The Genius of Ray Charles”; and Peggy Lee, who won Best Vocal Performance, Female for her album “Things Are Swingin'”.
The first Grammy Awards also saw the debut of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to the legendary jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole. Other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients included Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Duke Ellington.
The first Grammy Awards ceremony was a success and set the stage for the awards to become one of the most prestigious events in the music industry. The event has grown over the years and now honors the best in all genres of music, from pop to rock to classical. The Grammy Awards are now considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry.
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