What is the difference between "Album of the year" and "Record of the year" at the Grammys?

It drives me bonkers that there are different categories for this. They sound like the same thing to me!

And no, it's not individual song of the year. That is also another category.

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  • shane
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    * Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song. In this sense, "record" means a recording of one song, not the composition or an album of songs.

    * Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter who actually created the song in the first place. Thus, "song" in this context means the song as written, not its recording.

    * Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. So, in this context, "album" means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions.

    Source(s): wikipedia
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song. In this sense, "record" means a recording of one song, not the composition or an album of songs.

    Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. So, in this context, "album" means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions.

  • Maria
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    An album is made up of records. So, an album is a collection of songs and record is just one song.

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