December 30, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

Best Performance by a Kitsch Icon

Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Barry White (tie)

Have a Nice ’70s Revival

Gloria Estefan remade ”Turn the Beat Around,” Reality Bites revived Peter Frampton’s ”Baby I Love Your Way” (by Big Mountain), and Weezer and the Beastie Boys saluted Happy Days and Starsky and Hutch (respectively) in videos.

Birdbrained Rock

Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, the Black Crowes, and The Crow soundtrack all, er, flew up the charts. And ex-Byrd David Crosby got a new liver.

Best Band Names

Jehova Waitresses
Pansy Division
Epstein’s Mother

Album We Were Too Scared To Play

Classic Toto Hits, performed by the ”75 Piece Frankfurt Rock Orchestra”

In Other News:

John Oates, Phone Home
In the year of the duet, pop stars developed a terminal fear of singing alone, as evidenced by Rhythm, Country & Blues, Sinatra’s two Duets, Tammy Wynette’s Without Walls, Luther Vandross with Mariah Carey, John Mellencamp with Me’Shell NdegeOcello, and Tony Bennett with everyone (Elvis Costello, Evan Dando, k.d. lang).

Vanilla Ice Memorial Award
Eagerly awaited follow-ups by Arrested Development, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Spin Doctors turned out to be eagerly awaited only by members of their immediate families.

Next: ‘Late Night with Rollins’!
The ubiquitous Henry Rollins sang at Woodstock ’94, posed for a computer ad, released an album and a book, appeared often on MTV Sports — everything except a duet with Sinatra.

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