Bruce Hornsby and the Range (1986)
Socially conscious piano solos? With the drum mix in the red? Talk about 1980s Grammy bait. Bruce Hornsby could have disembowled Billy Crystal onstage wearing a "Home Taping Rules" t-shirt and still won this trophy. Nobody is 100 percent sure what the Range did, besides have deep backstage conversations with Hornsby about the Civil Rights Act. (Who'd win in an 1980s golf-rock fight, the Range or the News? Discuss.) Hornsby later joined the Grateful Dead as a keyboardist, which is like volunteering for a combat mission. Respect!