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Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male

Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality male vocal performances in the pop music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1966
Last awarded 2011
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The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance was awarded between 1966 and 2011 (the final year it was awarded for records issued in 2010). The award had several minor name changes:

  • In 1966 the award was known as Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance - Male
  • In 1967 the award was combined with the equivalent award for women as the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance – Male or Female
  • In 1968 it was awarded as Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance
  • In 1969 it was awarded as Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1970 to 1971 it was awarded as Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1972 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
  • Since 1995 it has been awarded as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

The award was discontinued from 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all solo performances in the pop category (male, female, instrumentalist) were shifted to the newly formed Best Pop Solo Performance category.

A similar award for Best Vocal Performance, Male was awarded from 1959 to 1968. This was also in the pop field, but did not specify pop music.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

John Mayer, Sting and Stevie Wonder are the biggest winners in this category with 4 wins.


Year Performing artist Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2011 Mars, BrunoBruno Mars  United States "Just the Way You Are"
2010 Mraz, JasonJason Mraz  United States "Make It Mine"


Year Performing artist Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2009 Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer  United States "Say"
2008 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake  United States "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around"
2007 Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer  United States "Waiting On The World To Change"
2006 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder  United States "From the Bottom of My Heart"
2005 Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer  United States "Daughters"
2004 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake  United States "Cry Me a River"
2003 Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer  United States "Your Body Is a Wonderland"
2002 Taylor, JamesJames Taylor  United States "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
2001 Sting  United Kingdom "She Walks This Earth"
2000 Sting  United Kingdom "Brand New Day"


Year Performing artist Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1999 Clapton, EricEric Clapton  United Kingdom "My Father's Eyes"
1998 John, EltonElton John  United Kingdom "Candle in the Wind 1997"
1997 Clapton, EricEric Clapton  United Kingdom "Change the World"
1996 Seal  United Kingdom "Kiss From a Rose"
1995 John, EltonElton John  United Kingdom "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
1994 Sting  United Kingdom "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"
1993 Clapton, EricEric Clapton  United Kingdom "Tears in Heaven"
1992 Bolton, MichaelMichael Bolton  United States "When a Man Loves a Woman"
1991 Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison  United States "Oh, Pretty Woman (live 1987)"
1990 Michael Bolton  United States "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"


Year Performing artist Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1989 Bobby McFerrin  United States "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
1988 Sting  United Kingdom Bring on the Night
1987 Winwood, SteveSteve Winwood  United Kingdom "Higher Love"
1986 Collins, PhilPhil Collins  United Kingdom No Jacket Required
1985 Collins, PhilPhil Collins  United Kingdom "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
1984 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson  United States Thriller
1983 Richie, LionelLionel Richie  United States "Truly"
1982 Jarreau, AlAl Jarreau  United States Breakin' Away
1981 Loggins, KennyKenny Loggins  United States "This Is It"
1980 Joel, BillyBilly Joel  United States 52nd Street




Category Stats

  • Most Wins
Rank Artist Wins
1st Stevie Wonder
John Mayer
Sting (singer)
4 wins
2nd James Taylor
Eric Clapton
Frank Sinatra
3 wins
3rd Jack Jones
Harry Nilsson
Elton John
Michael Bolton
Justin Timberlake
Phil Collins
2 wins
  • Most Nominations
Rank Artist Nominations
1st Elton John 12 nominations
2nd Sting (singer) 11 nominations
3rd Seal (singer)
Frank Sinatra
8 nominations
4th Stevie Wonder
James Taylor
7 nominations
5th Paul McCartney
Michael Jackson
John Mayer
6 nominations
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