Record of the Year Grammy Awards 2020 Odds
The Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. It has been awarded since 1959.
Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for music released in the previous year.
Record of the Year is not to be confused with Song of the Year or Album of the Year.
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. Often, the nominees and winners of this song represent the most successful songs of the year. 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, "album" means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions. To be in the running for this award the song must not be an "anonymous" song.
Roberta Flack was the first artist to win Record of the Year in two consecutive years for the years 1972 ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face") and 1973 ("Killing Me Softly With His Song"). This would happen again when the group U2 would win for the years 2001 (Beautiful Day) and 2002 (Walk On), the only occurrence of a band winning the award two consecutive years with records from the same album.
Other artists to receive 2 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 Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up And Away", "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"), Eric Clapton ("Tears in Heaven", "Change the World") and Norah Jones ("Don't Know Why," "Here We Go Again"). Paul Simon holds the record for most wins at three ("Mrs. Robinson", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Graceland").
Frank Sinatra has the most nominations for Record of the Year for an artist and a male artist with seven nominations; 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 Streisandhas the most Record of the Year nominations for a female artist with five—"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 either.
During the first 50 years of the Grammys, only 5 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").
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 are 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. The rest of the members then vote a winner from the five nominees.
Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards 2020