Grammy Award for Record of the Year

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Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Awarded forQuality vocal or instrumental recording tracks
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2019
Website www.grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." [1] [2] The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards (alongside Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year) presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.

The Grammy Award for Song of the Year is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. The Song of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1959.

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for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist. [3]

Since the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013, mastering engineers are considered nominees and award recipients in this category. [4]

Record of the Year is related to but is conceptually different from Song of the Year or Album of the Year:

History

The honorees through its history have been:

Tom Coyne holds the record for most wins in this category as a mastering engineer at four times (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Coyne is the only person to win the award four consecutive years (2015–2018). Paul Simon has won three times, more than any other artist ("Mrs. Robinson" in 1969, "Bridge over Troubled Water" in 1971, and "Graceland" in 1988). Tom Elmhirst has won three times as an engineer/mixer (2008, 2012 and 2017).

Tom Coyne (music engineer) American mastering engineer

Thomas J. Coyne was an American mastering engineer.

Paul Simon American musician, songwriter and producer

Paul Frederic Simon is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1956 with Art Garfunkel. Simon was responsible for writing nearly all of the pair's songs including three that reached number one on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water".

Mrs. Robinson 1967 Simon & Garfunkel song

"Mrs. Robinson" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). Produced by the duo and Roy Halee, it is famous for its inclusion in the 1967 film The Graduate. The song was written by Paul Simon, who pitched it to director Mike Nichols alongside Art Garfunkel after Nichols rejected two other songs intended for the film. The song contains a famous reference to baseball star Joe DiMaggio.

Roberta Flack was the first artist to win Record of the Year in two consecutive years for the years 1973 ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face") and 1974 ("Killing Me Softly with His Song"). This happened again when the group U2 won for the years 2001 ("Beautiful Day") and 2002 ("Walk On"), the only occurrence of an artist winning the award two consecutive years with records from the same album.

Roberta Flack American singer

Roberta Cleopatra Flack is an American singer. She is known for her #1 singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and "Feel Like Makin' Love", and for "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway.

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is a 1957 folk song written by British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who later became his wife. At the time, the couple were lovers, although MacColl was still married to Joan Littlewood. Seeger sang the song when the duo performed in folk clubs around Britain. During the 1960s, it was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the number one Hot 100 single of the year for 1972.

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel.

Other artists to receive two Grammys for Record of the Year are Henry Mancini ("Moon River", "Days of Wine and Roses"); Art Garfunkel ("Mrs. Robinson", "Bridge over Troubled Water"); The 5th Dimension ("Up, Up and Away", "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"); Eric Clapton ("Tears in Heaven", "Change the World"); Norah Jones ("Don't Know Why", "Here We Go Again"); Mark Ronson ("Rehab", "Uptown Funk"); Adele ("Rolling in the Deep", "Hello"); and Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk", "24K Magic".

Henry Mancini American composer, conductor and arranger

Enrico Nicola Mancini known professionally as Henry Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

"Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

"Days of Wine and Roses" is a popular song, from the 1962 movie of the same name.

Frank Sinatra has the most nominations for Record of the Year for an artist and a male artist with seven nominations ("Witchcraft", "High Hopes", "Nice 'n' Easy", "The Second Time Around", "Strangers in the Night", "Somethin' Stupid" (with Nancy Sinatra), and "Theme from New York, New York"); he won the award once in 1967 for "Strangers in the Night". The Beatles have the most Record of the Year nominations for a group; they had four nominations ("I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Yesterday", "Hey Jude", and "Let It Be") but never won the award. Barbra Streisand and Beyoncé have the most Record of the Year nominations amongst female artists with five nods. Streisand has been nominated ("Happy Days Are Here Again", "People", "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Neil Diamond), and "Woman in Love") but has never received the award. [5] Beyoncé was nominated for "Say My Name" as part of Destiny's Child and four times as a solo act with "Crazy in Love", "Irreplaceable", "Halo", and "Formation".

Christopher Cross is the first artist to receive the Grammy Award for Record of the Year as well as for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist in one ceremony. Adele is the first female artist to receive the award for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Album of the Year, nonconsecutively. Only six artists took the Record of the Year and Best New Artist awards during the same ceremony: Bobby Darin ("Mack the Knife"), Christopher Cross ("Sailing"), Sheryl Crow ("All I Wanna Do"), Norah Jones ("Don't Know Why"), Amy Winehouse ("Rehab") and Sam Smith ("Stay with Me").

Thirty-one of the winning songs have also won the award for Song of the Year.

The category will expand to include eight nominees in 2019. [6]

Process

Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominate their choices for record of the year. A list of the top twenty records is given to the Nominations Review Committee, a specially selected group of anonymous members, who then select the top five records to gain a nomination in the category in a special ballot. [7] The rest of the members then vote a winner from the five nominees. [8] In 2018, it was announced the number of nominated tracks will be increased to eight [9]

Recipients

An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Song of the Year.
Year [I] Winner(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1959 Domenico Modugno "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" * [10]
1960 Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife" [11]
1961 Percy Faith "Theme from A Summer Place" [12]
1962 Henry Mancini "Moon River" * [13]
1963 Tony Bennett "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" [14]
1964 Henry Mancini "Days of Wine and Roses" * [15]
1965 Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz "The Girl from Ipanema" [16]
1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
 ·produced by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
"A Taste of Honey" [17]
1967 Frank Sinatra
 ·produced by Jimmy Bowen
"Strangers in the Night" [18]
1968 The 5th Dimension
 ·produced by Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon
"Up, Up and Away" * [19]
1969 Simon & Garfunkel
 ·produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
"Mrs. Robinson" [20]
1970 The 5th Dimension
 ·produced by Bones Howe
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" [21]
1971 Simon & Garfunkel
 ·produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
"Bridge over Troubled Water" * [22]
1972 Carole King
 ·produced by Lou Adler
"It's Too Late" [23]
1973 Roberta Flack
 ·produced by Joel Dorn
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" * [24]
1974 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" * [25]
1975 Olivia Newton-John
 ·produced by John Farrar
"I Honestly Love You" [26]
1976 Captain & Tennille
 ·produced by Daryl Dragon
"Love Will Keep Us Together" [27]
1977 George Benson
 ·produced by Tommy LiPuma
"This Masquerade" [28]
1978 Eagles
 ·produced by Bill Szymczyk
"Hotel California" [29]
1979 Billy Joel
 ·produced by Phil Ramone
"Just the Way You Are" * [30]
1980 The Doobie Brothers
 ·produced by Ted Templeman
"What a Fool Believes" * [31]
1981 Christopher Cross
 ·produced by Michael Omartian
"Sailing" * [31]
1982 Kim Carnes
 ·produced by Val Garay
"Bette Davis Eyes" * [31]
1983 Toto
 ·produced by Toto
"Rosanna" [31]
1984 Michael Jackson
 ·produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
"Beat It" [31]
1985 Tina Turner
 ·produced by Terry Britten
"What's Love Got to Do with It" * [31]
1986 USA for Africa
 ·produced by Quincy Jones
"We Are the World" * [31]
1987 Steve Winwood
 ·produced by Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood
"Higher Love" [31]
1988 Paul Simon
 ·produced by Paul Simon
"Graceland" [31]
1989 Bobby McFerrin
 ·produced by Linda Goldstein
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" * [31]
1990 Bette Midler
 ·produced by Arif Mardin
"Wind Beneath My Wings" * [31]
1991 Phil Collins
 ·produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
"Another Day in Paradise" [31]
1992 Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
 ·produced by David Foster
"Unforgettable" * [31]
1993 Eric Clapton
 ·produced by Russ Titelman
"Tears in Heaven" * [31]
1994 Whitney Houston
 ·produced by David Foster
"I Will Always Love You" [31]
1995 Sheryl Crow
 ·produced by Bill Bottrell
"All I Wanna Do" [32]
1996 Seal
 ·produced by Trevor Horn
"Kiss from a Rose" * [33]
1997 Eric Clapton
 ·produced by Babyface
"Change the World" * [34]
1998 Shawn Colvin
 ·produced by John Leventhal
"Sunny Came Home" * [35]
1999 Celine Dion
 ·engineered/mixed by David Gleeson, Humberto Gatica & Simon Franglen;
 ·produced by James Horner, Simon Franglen & Walter Afanasieff
"My Heart Will Go On" * [36]
2000 Santana featuring Rob Thomas
 ·engineered/mixed by David Thoener,
 ·produced by Matt Serletic
"Smooth" * [37]
2001 U2
 ·engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite;
 ·produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
"Beautiful Day" * [38]
2002 "Walk On" [39]
2003 Norah Jones
 ·engineered/mixed by Jay Newland;
 ·produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones
"Don't Know Why" * [40]
2004 Coldplay
 ·engineered/mixed by Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian;
 ·produced by Coldplay & Ken Nelson
"Clocks" [41]
2005 Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
 ·engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Mark Fleming, & Terry Howard;
 ·produced by John R. Burk
"Here We Go Again" [42]
2006 Green Day
 ·engineered/mixed by Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean,
 ·produced by Green Day & Rob Cavallo
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" [43]
2007 Dixie Chicks
 ·engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd;
 ·produced by Rick Rubin
"Not Ready to Make Nice" * [44]
2008 Amy Winehouse
 ·engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth;
 ·produced by Mark Ronson
"Rehab" * [45]
2009 Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
 ·engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante;
 ·produced by T-Bone Burnett
"Please Read the Letter" [46]
2010 Kings of Leon
 ·engineered/mixed by Jacquire King;
 ·produced by Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia
"Use Somebody" [47]
2011 Lady Antebellum
 ·engineered/mixed by Clarke Schleicher;
 ·produced by Lady Antebellum & Paul Worley
"Need You Now" * [48]
2012 Adele
 ·engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst & Mark Rankin
 ·produced by Paul Epworth
"Rolling in the Deep" * [49]
2013 Gotye featuring Kimbra
 ·engineered/mixed by Wally de Backer, François Tétaz & William Bowden
 ·master engineered by William Bowden
 ·produced by Wally de Backer
"Somebody That I Used to Know" [50]
2014 Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
 ·engineered/mixed by Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner
 ·master engineered by Antoine "Chab" Chabert & Bob Ludwig
 ·produced by Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
"Get Lucky" [51]
2015 Sam Smith
 ·engineered/mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price
 ·master engineered by Tom Coyne
 ·produced by Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes
"Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) * [52]
2016 Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
 ·engineered/mixed by Josh Blair, Riccardo Damian, Serban Ghenea, Wayne Gordon, John Hanes, Inaam Haq, Boo Mitchell, Charles Moniz & Mark Ronson
 ·master engineered by Tom Coyne
 ·produced by Jeff Bhasker, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson
"Uptown Funk" [53]
2017 Adele
 ·engineered/mixed by Julian Burg, Tom Elmhirst, Emile Haynie, Greg Kurstin, Liam Nolan, Alex Pasco & Joe Visciano
 ·master engineered by Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill
 ·produced by Greg Kurstin
"Hello" * [54]
2018 Bruno Mars
 ·engineered/mixed by Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz
 ·master engineered by Tom Coyne
 ·produced by Shampoo Press & Curl
"24K Magic" [55]
2019 Childish Gambino
 ·engineered/mixed by MixedByAli, Riley Mackin & Shaan Singh
 ·master engineered by Mike Bozzi
 ·produced by Ludwig Göransson & Donald Glover
"This is America" * [56]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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