May 4, 1959

May4On this day in 1959, the first ever GRAMMY Awards were held. The awards would recognize and reward the musical accomplishments of performers during the year of 1958.

Henry Mancini, Domenico Modugno and Ella Fitzgerald all brought home more than one award. Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee were repeatedly nominated in most categories that evening, as well.

The event was not televised but fans could join in on the action via radio.

Album of the Year went to Henry Mancini, for The Music From Peter Gunn. Record of the Year and Song of the Year went to Domenico Modugno, for ‘Nel Blu Dipinto Blu (Volare)’. There was no ‘Best New Artist’ category during this gathering, though they would present it at the 2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, where it was won by Bobby Darin.

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