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March 16, 2024

March 16, 1971: The Carpenters Won Big at Their First Grammy Awards!

On the night of March 16, 1971, a 21-year-old Karen Carpenter and a 24-year-old Richard Carpenter headed to the 16th annual Grammy Awards being held at the Hollywood Palace, Los Angeles, California. They had received no less than 8 nominations!

The star studded event saw the duo winning Best New Artist of 1970 and Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their breakthrough hit “(They Long to be) Close to You”.

The other six nominations were as follows: for the Close to You album they were nominated for Album of the Year and Best Engineered Recording. For the single “Close to You” nods for Record of the Year and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. For the follow-up hit single “We’ve Only Just Begun” they were nominated for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song.

The duo also performed “We’ve Only Just Begun” on the show. Here are some selected photos of the duo accepting their award, performing, and backstage photos with Glen Campbell, John Wayne and Zsa Zsa Gabor along with the edition of TV Magazine which features the duo’s Grammy win on the cover.


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