Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy Winners & Nominees Archive

Michael Jackson Grammy Thriller
Michael Jackson wins the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Thriller.”


Note: This award was discontinued in 2012, when the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance award was merged with Best Female Pop Vocal Performance into a new award called Best Pop Solo Performance.

Most career Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nominations:
Elton John 12
Sting 11
Frank Sinatra 9
Seal 8
Stevie Wonder 7
James Taylor 7
Michael Jackson 6
John Mayer 6
Paul McCartney 6

Most career Best Male Pop Vocal Performance wins:
Stevie Wonder 4
John Mayer 4
Sting 4

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Winners and Nominees

Winners in bold; other nominees listed beneath.

2011: Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars
Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Buble
This is It, Michael Jackson
Whataya Want from Me, Adam Lambert
Half of My Heart, John Mayer

2010: Make it Mine, Jason Mraz
This Time, John Legend
Love You, Maxwell
If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Seal
All About the Love Again, Stevie Wonder

2009: Say, John Mayer
All Summer Long, Kid Rock
That Was Me, Paul McCartney
I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
Closer, Ne-Yo
Wichita Lineman, James Taylor

2008: What Goes Around… Comes Around, Justin Timberlake
Everything, Michael Buble
Belief, John Mayer
Dance Tonight, Paul McCartney
Amazing, Seal

2007: Waiting On the World to Change, John Mayer
You’re Beautiful, James Blunt
Save Room, John Legend
Jenny Wren, Paul McCartney
Bad Day, Daniel Powter

2006: From the Bottom of My Heart, Stevie Wonder
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, Jack Johnson
Fine Line, Paul McCartney
Walk On By, Seal
Lonely No More, Rob Thomas

2005: Daughters, John Mayer
Let’s Misbehave, Elvis Costello
You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban
Cinnamon Girl, Prince
Love’s Divine, Seal

2004: Cry Me a River, Justin Timberlake
Any Road, George Harrison
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Michael McDonald
Send Your Love, Sting
Keep Me in Your Heart, Warren Zevon

2003: Your Body is a Wonderland, John Mayer
7 Days, Craig David
Original Sin, Elton John
Fragile (live), Sting
October Road, James Taylor

2002: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, James Taylor
Fill Me In, Craig David
You Rock My World, Michael Jackson
I Want Love, Elton John
Still, Brian McKnight

2001: She Walks This Earth, Sting
You Sang To Me, Marc Anthony
Taking You Home, Don Henley
She Bangs, Ricky Martin
6,8,12, Brian McKnight

2000: Brand New Day, Sting
I Need to Know, Marc Anthony
Mambo No. 5, Lou Bega
Sogno, Andrea Bocelli
Livin’ la Vida Loca, Ricky Martin

1999: My Father’s Eyes, Eric Clapton
Save Tonight, Eagle-Eye Cherry
Anytime, Brian McKnight
Lullaby, Shawn Mullins
You Were Meant for Me, Sting

1998: Candle in the Wind 1997, Elton John
Every Time I Close My Eyes, Babyface
Whenever Wherever Whatever, Maxwell
Fly Like an Eagle, Seal
Barely Breathing, Duncan Sheik

1997: Change the World, Eric Clapton
Let’s Make a Night to Remember, Bryan Adams
Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First), John Mellencamp
Nobody Knows, Tony Rich Project
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot, Sting

1996: Kiss From a Rose, Seal
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?, Bryan Adams
You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson
Believe, Elton John
When We Dance, Sting

1995: Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John
Said I Loved You…But I Lied, Michael Bolton
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Prince
Prayer for the Dying, Seal
Love the One You’re With, Luther Vandross

1994: If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, Sting
The Crying Game, Boy George
The River of Dreams, Billy Joel
Don’t Take Away My Heaven, Aaron Neville
Have I Told You Lately, Rod Stewart

1993: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton
Us, Peter Gabriel
Black or White, Michael Jackson
The One, Elton John
Joshua Judges Ruth, Lyle Lovett

1992: When a Man Loves a Woman, Michael Bolton
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams
Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn
Freedom 90, George Michael
Warm Your Heart, Aaron Neville
Crazy, Seal

1991: Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
Georgia on My Mind, Michael Bolton
Another Day in Paradise, Phil Collins
I Don’t Have the Heart, James Ingram
Storm Front, Billy Joel
Downtown Train, Rod Stewart

1990: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, Michael Bolton
We Didn’t Start the Fire, Billy Joel
Right Here Waiting, Richard Marx
You Got It, Roy Orbison
Batman, Prince

1989: Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin
A Groovy Kind of Love, Phil Collins
Father Figure, George Michael
Be Still My Beating Heart, Sting
Roll With It, Steve Winwood

1988: Bring on the Night, Sting
Bad, Michael Jackson
Moonlighting, Al Jarreau
Candle in the Wind, Elton John
Brilliant Disguise, Bruce Springsteen

1987: Higher Love, Steve Winwood
Glory of Love, Peter Cetera
Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
Graceland, Paul Simon

1986: No Jacket Required, Phil Collins
The Heat is On, Glenn Frey
The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting
Part-Time Lover, Stevie Wonder
Every Time You Go Away, Paul Young

1985: Against All Odds, Phil Collins
Footloose, Kenny Loggins
Hello, Lionel Richie
Missing You, John Waite
I Just Called to Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder

1984: Thriller, Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
1999, Prince
All Night Long, Lionel Richie
Maniac, Michael Sembello

1983: Truly, Lionel Richie
I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World), Donald Fagen
Blue Eyes, Elton John
Steppin’ Out, Joe Jackson
I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near), Michael McDonald
Don’t Talk to Strangers, Rick Springfield

1982: Breakin’ Away, Al Jarreau
Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do), Christopher Cross
Just Once, James Ingram
Double Fantasy, John Lennon
Just the Two of Us, Bill Withers

1981: This Is It, Kenny Loggins
Christopher Cross, Christopher Cross
Lady, Kenny Rogers
Late in the Evening, Paul Simon
Theme from New York, New York, Frank Sinatra

1980: 52nd Street, Billy Joel
Sad Eyes, Robert John
She Believes in Me, Kenny Rogers
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Rod Stewart
Up on the Roof, James Taylor

1979: Copacabana, Barry Manilow
Running on Empty, Jackson Browne
Sometimes When We Touch, Dan Hill
Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty
I Just Wanna Stop, Gino Vannelli

1978: Handy Man, James Taylor
On and On, Stephen Bishop
I Just Want to Be Your Everything, Andy Gibb
After the Lovin’, Englebert Humperdink
When I Need You, Leo Sayer

1977: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
This Masquerade, George Benson
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot
You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Lou Rawls
Silk Degrees, Boz Scaggs

1976: Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon
Feelings, Morris Albert
Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John
Bad Blood, Neil Sedaka

1975: Fulfillingness’ First Finale, Stevie Wonder
Cat’s in the Cradle, Harry Chapin
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Elton John
Please Come to Boston, Dave Loggins
Nothing from Nothing, Billy Preston

1974: You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder
And I Love You So, Perry Como
Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
Daniel, Elton John
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Paul Simon

1973: Without You, Harry Nilsson
Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me, Mac Davis
Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr.
American Pie, Don McLean
Alone Again (Naturally), Gilbert O’Sullivan

1972: You’ve Got a Friend, James Taylor
It’s Impossible, Perry Como
I Am, I Said, Neil Diamond
If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot
Ain’t No Sunshine, Bill Withers

1971: Everything is Beautiful, Ray Stevens
Rainy Nights in Georgia, Brook Benton
Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Joe Cocker
Elton John, Elton John
Sweet Baby James, James Taylor

1970: Everybody’s Talkin’, Harry Nilsson
My Way, Frank Sinatra
Games People Play, Joe South
Guitarzan, Ray Stevens
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, B.J. Thomas

1969: Light My Fire, Jose Feliciano
Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell
Honey, Bobby Goldsboro
MacArthur Park, Richard Harris
Little Green Apples, O.C. Smith

1968: By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell
My Cup Runneth Over, Ed Ames
Yesterday, Ray Charles
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Joe South

1967: Strangers in the Night, Frank Sinatra
Almost Persuaded, David Houston
The Impossible Dream, Jack Jones
Eleanor Rigby, Paul McCartney
Distant Drum, Jim Reeves

1966: It Was a Very Good Year, Frank Sinatra
The Shadow of Your Smile, Tony Bennett
Yesterday, Paul McCartney
King of the Road, Roger Miller
Baby the Rain Must Fall, Glenn Yarbrough

1965: Hello, Dolly!, Louis Armstrong
Who Can I Turn To?, Tony Bennett
Getz/Gilberto, Jao Gilberto
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes, Dean Martin
Call Me Irresponsible, Andy Williams

1964: Wives and Lovers, Jack Jones
I Wanna Be Around, Tony Bennett
Busted, Ray Charles
Catch a Rising Star, John Gary
Days of Wine and Roses, Andy Williams

1963: I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett
I Can’t Stop Loving You, Ray Charles
What Kind of Fool Am I, Sammy Davis Jr.
What Kind of Fool Am I, Anthony Newley
Comin’ Home Baby, Mel Torme

1962: Lollipops and Roses, Jack Jones
Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean
A Little Bitty Tear, Burl Ives
Portrait Of My Love, Steve Lawrence
Danny Boy, Andy Williams

1961: Georgia On My Mind, Ray Charles
Misty, Johnny Mathis
Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Elvis Presley
He’ll Have to Go, Jim Reeves
Nice ‘n’ Easy, Frank Sinatra

1960: Come Dance with Me!, Frank Sinatra
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall, Harry Belafonte
Guess Who, Jess Belvin
Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin
An Evening with Lerner and Loewe, Robert Merrill

1959: Catch a Falling Star, Perry Como
Nel Blu Dipinto de Blu (Volare), Domenico Modugno
Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra
Witchcraft, Frank Sinatra
The Hawaiian Wedding Song, Andy Williams

Last Updated on July 3, 2020