|33rd Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||February 20, 1991|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York|
|Hosted by||Garry Shandling|
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 20, 1991. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Quincy Jones was the night's biggest winner winning a total of six awards including Album of the Year, despite being released in 1989.
|Bette Midler||"From a Distance"|
|MC Hammer||"U Can't Touch This"|
|Mariah Carey||"Vision of Love"|
|En Vogue & Take 6||"Who's Loving You" / "Something Within Me"|
|Phil Collins & David Crosby||"Another Day in Paradise"|
|Garth Brooks||"Friends in Low Places"|
|The Judds||"Love Can Build a Bridge"|
|Bob Dylan||"Masters of War"|
|Tony Bennett||"When Do the Bells Ring for Me?"|
|Harry Connick, Jr.||"We Are in Love"|
|Living Colour||"Time's Up"|
|Wilson Phillips||"Hold On"|
|Kathleen Battle||""In the Silence of the Secret Night" |
(from Six Songs Op. 4, no. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff)
In a contemporary review, Variety described the telecast was "one of the most unmemorable in memory" and that "This year's telecast was doomed from the moment Sinead O'Connor, the artist behind the year's most compelling record, announced that she would boycott the show because the awards celebrate commercialism." The review critiqued the performers stating that Garth Brooks stage set up resembled a "Noël Coward play", Billy Idol changed a lyric of "Cradle of Love" to state "This song is so cheesy" and that MC Hammer appeared to be wrapped in aluminium foil.
The review spoke positively about performance of En Vogue and Take 6 and the a cappella performance by Tracy Chapman.