Michael Bolton: My GRAMMY Moment

Michael Bolton with his Grammy Award, 1993

Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor.

Michael Bolton won the best male vocal GRAMMY for his 1989 song, "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You."

MICHAEL BOLTON: “Even though I signed with Epic Records when I was 16, I didn’t have my first hit until I was 34. So that makes for an 18-year overnight success. In those years, I’d had nine albums and quite a few different record labels. We kept hearing that success was around the corner, but the GRAMMY nomination was that sense of validation for me—that the people inside the business were saying, ‘Yeah, you’ve done something really great here.’ After I won best male vocal [in 1990], it took awhile for it to sink in. It wasn’t until[then-label executive] Don Ienner called me the next week at my apartment in New York and said, ‘I wanted to be the first one to tell you that ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’ will be the No. 1 record in America.’ I remember sitting quietly and being very emotional. The GRAMMY was extremely uplifting, but it took a while to absorb.”


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