memories of the ’70s – The Grammys in 1978

For award shows, choosing the winner can be tough, but in 1978, the Grammys decided that one winner wasn’t enough.

At the 20th annual Grammy Awards, held on February 23, 1978, the academy had to decide on the song of the year of 1977 among some memorable songs.

Nominated that year: Hotel California by The Eagles, You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone, Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon, Southern Nights by Glen Campbell and Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born) by Barbra Streisand.

For this category, its the songwriter that is the focus and with such a competitive category, the Academy of Recording Artists did the unpredented choice – picking two winners.

That night, two winners were chosen – Barbra Streisand and Joe Brooks, who wrote You Light Up My Life, as sung by Debby Boone.

Both songs have become classics of the 1970s and the only time that two winners were declared for one category at the Grammys in the music history of 20th century.

 

 

 

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About Waheeda Harris

A freelance journalist with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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