Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Howard Jones, "Synthesizer Showdown" (1985)
The establishment was still grappling with the rise of the synthesizer in the mid-Eighties, but the showcase of electronic instruments at the 1985 Grammys – which featured a white-tuxedoed Thomas Dolby, fusion-friendly Herbie Hancock and future perennial Grammy collaborator Stevie Wonder – started the path toward NARAS' more staid members at least regarding technology with less suspicion. "I don't think anybody had ever done anything like that before – centered around keyboards, centered around new technology, drum machines and all that," Jones told Yahoo! Music last year. "That was quite controversial at that time. That's the thing: As an electronic musician, people didn't really understand how it was done, what you were doing or whether you were doing anything."