The 35th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1993 and recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. The nominations were announced on January 7, 1993. The evening's host was the American stand-up comedian Garry Shandling, who hosted the ceremony for the third time. The CBS network broadcast the show live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
This particular Grammy live broadcast was the commercially most successful of its kind in the 1990s. As Nielsen Media Research and Billboard magazine stated on January 10, 2004, "the highest-rated Grammy show of the 1990s was the 1993 telecast, which got a 19.9 rating/31 share and 30 million United States viewers" alone. British guitarist and singer Eric Clapton (for whom still mourned for the loss of his son two years ago) was the night's big winner, winning six awards out of nine nominations including Album, Song and Record of the Year.