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1980...

February
Ray Charles - Livebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ray was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male ("Some Enchanted Evening").

1984...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Ray was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance - Male ("Born To Love Me").

1989...

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ray hit the Top 40 with Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan with "I'll Be Good To You."

1990...# 180 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Ray Charles - "What I'd Say" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ray was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group ("Save The Bones For Henry Jones" with Lou Rawls).

1991...

February
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Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group when he joined forces with Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan on the remake of "I'll Be Good To You."

1994...

February
Ray Charles - My Worldbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ray won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("A Song For You").

1998...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Ranked # 12 on VH1: Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll (and # 91 on Rock On The Net's Poll).

2000...

January
Ray Charles - The Genius Hits The Roadbutton.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Rock Songs included "What'd I Say" at # 43.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Dance Songs included "What'd I Say" at # 96.

2001...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Albums included Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music at # 97.

2002...

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Ray could be heard dueting with Barbra Streisand on the track "Cryin' Time" from her LP Duets.

2003...

December
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time included The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952 - 1959 (1991) at # 53, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) at # 104, and The Genius of Ray Charles (1959) at # 263.

2004...

March
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The Very Best Of Ray Charles was released on Rhino Records.

April
Ray Charles - "Georgia On My Mind" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The Immortals - The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time included Ray at # 10.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) On June 10th, Ray passed away at the age of 73 from liver disease complications.

August
Ray Charles - Genius Loves Companybutton.gif (123 bytes) Genius Loves Company was released - the set is a collection of duets including Norah Jones, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, and Van Morrison.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Ray topped the Billboad Internet LP chart and the Canadian LP chart with
Genius Loves Company.
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Genius Loves Company was certified platinum - it was Ray's first platinum LP.

October
Ray! Original Motion Picture Soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) A collection of Ray's music could be heard on the soundtrack of his film autobiography - Ray! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Genius Loves Company was certified 2x platinum.

December
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Songs of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time included "What'd I Say" at # 10 and "Georgia On My Mind" at # 44.

2005...

February
Ray Charles - More Music From Ray (soundtrack)button.gif (123 bytes) The LP More Music From Ray (soundtrack) was released.
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Grammy Awards for Album of the Year (Genius Loves Company), Record of the Year ("Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones), Best Pop Vocal Album (Genius Loves Company), Best Gospel Performance ("Heaven Help Us All" with Gladys Knight) and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones), and was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" with Elton John), and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Sinner's Prayer" with B.B. King).
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Genius Loves Company was certified 3x platinum.

March
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Genius Loves Company topped the Billboard 200 LP chart.
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The Very Best Of Ray Charles was certified gold.

September
Ray Charles - Genius And Friendsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Genius And Friends was released (Billboard peak: # 36).

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Ray! soundtrack topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Soundtrack Album.

2006..

February
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Ray! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

2007..

February
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The Very Best Of Ray Charles was certified platinum.

2008...

December
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Rolling Stone: 'The Greatest Singers' includes Ray at # 2.



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