The 27th Annual Grammy Awards, held thirty years ago, on Feb 26, 1985, featured an all-synth performance by the epic lineup of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, and relative newcomer Howard Jones.
The performance has been described as “The most ’80s thing that ever happened. Ever.”
Yahoo Music has an interview with Howard Jones that looks back at the performance. Jones notes:
The Grammys really wanted to mark the arrival of electronic instruments and sort of give it, I don’t know, a bit of credibility. And they wanted to use great legends, like obviously Stevie Wonder, and some new voices as well, like me and Thomas Dolby. It was a kind of celebration of keyboard players using new technology and making great music with it.
I think it was a great move, and I think it really did mark a sort of turning point for electronic music.