Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Awarded forQuality vocal or instrumental recording tracks
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held byChildish Gambino, "This is America" (2019)

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:

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:

  • 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 particular recorded song, not its 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 wrote the lyrics and/or melodies to the song. "Song" in this context means the song as composed, 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. 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.


The honorees through its history have been:

  • 1959–1965: Artist only.
  • 1966–1998: Artist and producer.
  • 1999–2012: Artist, producer, and recording engineer or mixer.
  • 2013–: Artist, producer, mastering engineer, and recording engineer or mixer.

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).[5] 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).[6] Tom Elmhirst has won three times as an engineer/mixer (2008, 2012 and 2017).[7]

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").[8] 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.[9]

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").

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".[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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".[13]

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, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist, 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.[14]


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.[15] The rest of the members then vote a winner from the five nominees.[16] In 2018, it was announced the number of nominated tracks will be increased to eight [17]


An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Song of the Year.
Year[I] Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Domenico Modugno "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" * [18]
1960 Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife" [19]
1961 Percy Faith "Theme from A Summer Place" [20]
1962 Henry Mancini "Moon River" * [21]
1963 Tony Bennett "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" [22]
1964 Henry Mancini "Days of Wine and Roses" * [23]
1965 Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz "The Girl from Ipanema" [24]
1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
 · produced by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
"A Taste of Honey" [25]
1967 Frank Sinatra
 · produced by Jimmy Bowen
"Strangers in the Night" [26]
1968 The 5th Dimension
 · produced by Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon
"Up, Up and Away" * [27]
1969 Simon & Garfunkel
 · produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
"Mrs. Robinson" [28]
1970 The 5th Dimension
 · produced by Bones Howe
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" [29]
1971 Simon & Garfunkel
 · produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
"Bridge over Troubled Water" * [30]
1972 Carole King
 · produced by Lou Adler
"It's Too Late" [31]
1973 Roberta Flack
 · produced by Joel Dorn
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" * [32]
1974 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" * [33]
1975 Olivia Newton-John
 · produced by John Farrar
"I Honestly Love You" [34]
1976 Captain & Tennille
 · produced by Daryl Dragon
"Love Will Keep Us Together" [35]
1977 George Benson
 · produced by Tommy LiPuma
"This Masquerade" [36]
1978 Eagles
 · produced by Bill Szymczyk
"Hotel California" [37]
1979 Billy Joel
 · produced by Phil Ramone
"Just the Way You Are" * [38]
1980 The Doobie Brothers
 · produced by Ted Templeman
"What a Fool Believes" * [39]
1981 Christopher Cross
 · produced by Michael Omartian
"Sailing" * [39]
1982 Kim Carnes
 · produced by Val Garay
"Bette Davis Eyes" * [39]
1983 Toto
 · produced by Toto
"Rosanna" [39]
1984 Michael Jackson
 · produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
"Beat It" [39]
1985 Tina Turner
 · produced by Terry Britten
"What's Love Got to Do with It" * [39]
1986 USA for Africa
 · produced by Quincy Jones
"We Are the World" * [39]
1987 Steve Winwood
 · produced by Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood
"Higher Love" [39]
1988 Paul Simon
 · produced by Paul Simon
"Graceland" [39]
1989 Bobby McFerrin
 · produced by Linda Goldstein
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" * [39]
1990 Bette Midler
 · produced by Arif Mardin
"Wind Beneath My Wings" * [39]
1991 Phil Collins
 · produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
"Another Day in Paradise" [39]
1992 Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
 · produced by David Foster
"Unforgettable" * [39]
1993 Eric Clapton
 · produced by Russ Titelman
"Tears in Heaven" * [39]
1994 Whitney Houston
 · produced by David Foster
"I Will Always Love You" [39]
1995 Sheryl Crow
 · produced by Bill Bottrell
"All I Wanna Do" [40]
1996 Seal
 · produced by Trevor Horn
"Kiss from a Rose" * [41]
1997 Eric Clapton
 · produced by Babyface
"Change the World" * [42]
1998 Shawn Colvin
 · produced by John Leventhal
"Sunny Came Home" * [43]
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" * [44]
2000 Santana featuring Rob Thomas
 · engineered/mixed by David Thoener;
 · produced by Matt Serletic
"Smooth" * [45]
2001 U2
 · engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite;
 · produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
"Beautiful Day" * [46]
2002 "Walk On" [47]
2003 Norah Jones
 · engineered/mixed by Jay Newland;
 · produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones
"Don't Know Why" * [48]
2004 Coldplay
 · engineered/mixed by Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian;
 · produced by Coldplay & Ken Nelson
"Clocks" [49]
2005 Ray Charles & Norah Jones
 · engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Mark Fleming, & Terry Howard;
 · produced by John R. Burk
"Here We Go Again" [50]
2006 Green Day
 · engineered/mixed by Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean;
 · produced by Green Day & Rob Cavallo
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" [51]
2007 Dixie Chicks
 · engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd;
 · produced by Rick Rubin
"Not Ready to Make Nice" * [52]
2008 Amy Winehouse
 · engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth;
 · produced by Mark Ronson
"Rehab" * [53]
2009 Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
 · engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante;
 · produced by T-Bone Burnett
"Please Read the Letter" [54]
2010 Kings of Leon
 · engineered/mixed by Jacquire King;
 · produced by Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia
"Use Somebody" [55]
2011 Lady Antebellum
 · engineered/mixed by Clarke Schleicher;
 · produced by Lady Antebellum & Paul Worley
"Need You Now" * [56]
2012 Adele
 · engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst & Mark Rankin;
 · produced by Paul Epworth
"Rolling in the Deep" * [57]
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" [58]
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" [59]
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) * [60]
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" [61]
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" * [62]
2018 Bruno Mars
 · engineered/mixed by Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz;
 · master engineered by Tom Coyne;
 · produced by Shampoo Press & Curl
"24K Magic" [63]
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" * [64]

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