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The Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. It has been awarded since 1959. The honorees through its history have been:

  • 1959-1965: Artist only.
  • 1966-1998: Artist and producer.
  • 1999-present: Artist, producer, and engineer and/or mixer.

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, 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.

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).

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. Beyonce has the most Record of the Year nominations for a female artist with four—"Say My Name", "Crazy In Love", "Irreplaceable", and "Halo"—but has never received the award either.

During the first 50 years of the Grammys, only 5 artists have taken 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") and Amy Winehouse ("Rehab"). 24 of the winners of Record of the Year have also won Song of the Year.

An asterisk (*) indicates the recording also won Song of the Year.

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2010s

Year Winner Nominations
2010 Use Somebody by Kings of Leon; engineered/mixed by Jacquire King; produced by Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia

2000s

Year Winner Nominations
2009 Please Read the Letter by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant;engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante; produced by T-Bone Burnett
2008 Rehab* by Amy Winehouse; engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth; produced by Mark Ronson
2007 Not Ready to Make Nice* by Dixie Chicks; engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd; produced by Rick Rubin
2006 Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day; engineered/mixed by Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, produced by Green Day & Rob Cavallo
2005 Here We Go Again by Ray Charles and Norah Jones; engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Mark Fleming, & Terry Howard; produced by John R. Burk
2004 Clocks by Coldplay; engineered/mixed by Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian; produced by Coldplay & Ken Nelson
2003 Don't Know Why* by Norah Jones; engineered/mixed by Jay Newland; produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones
2002 Walk On by U2, engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
2001 Beautiful Day* by U2, engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
2000 Smooth* by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, engineered/mixed by David Thoener, produced by Matt Serletic

1990s

Year Winner Nominations
1999 My Heart Will Go On* by Celine Dion;
engineered/mixed by David Gleeson,
Humberto Gatica & Simon Franglen; produced by James Horner,
Simon Franglen & Walter Afanasieff
1998 Sunny Came Home* by Shawn Colvin,
produced by John Leventhal
1997 Change the World* by Eric Clapton, produced by Babyface
1996 Kiss from a Rose* by Seal, produced by Trevor Horn
1995 All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow, produced by Bill Bottrell
1994 I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, produced by David Foster
1993 Tears in Heaven* by Eric Clapton, produced by Russ Titelman
1992 Unforgettable* by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole, produced by David Foster
1991 Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins, produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
1990 Wind Beneath My Wings* by Bette Midler, produced by Arif Mardin

1980s

Year Winner Nominations
1989 Don't Worry, Be Happy* performed by Bobby McFerrin, produced by Linda Goldstein
1988 Graceland performed by Paul Simon, produced by Paul Simon
1987 Higher Love performed by Steve Winwood, produced by Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood
1986 We Are the World* performed by USA for Africa, produced by Quincy Jones
1985 What's Love Got to Do with It* performed by Tina Turner, produced by Terry Britten
1984 Beat It performed by Michael Jackson, produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
1983 Rosanna performed by Toto, produced by Toto
1982 Bette Davis Eyes* performed by Kim Carnes, produced by Val Garay
1981 Sailing* performed by Christopher Cross, produced by Michael Omartian
1980 What a Fool Believes* performed by The Doobie Brothers, produced by Ted Templeman

1970s

Year Winner Nominations
1979 Just the Way You Are* performed by Billy Joel, produced by Phil Ramone
1978 Hotel California performed by The Eagles, produced by Bill Szymczyk
1977 This Masquerade performed by George Benson, produced by Tommy LiPuma
1976 Love Will Keep Us Together performed by Captain & Tennille, produced by Daryl Dragon
1975 I Honestly Love You performed by Olivia Newton-John, produced by John Farrar
1974 Killing Me Softly with His Song* performed by Roberta Flack, produced by Joel Dorn
1973 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face* performed by Roberta Flack, produced by Joel Dorn
1972 It's Too Late performed by Carole King, produced by Lou Adler
1971 Bridge over Troubled Water* performed by Simon & Garfunkel; produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
1970 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In performed by The 5th Dimension, produced by Bones Howe

1960s

Year Winner Nominations
1969 Mrs. Robinson performed by Simon & Garfunkel; produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
1968 Up, Up and Away* performed by The 5th Dimension, produced by Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon
1967 Strangers in the Night performed by Frank Sinatra, produced by Jimmy Bowen
1966 A Taste of Honey performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, produced by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
1965 The Girl from Ipanema performed by Stan Getz & João Gilberto
1964 Days of Wine and Roses* performed by Henry Mancini
1963 I Left My Heart in San Francisco performed by Tony Bennett
1962 Moon River* performed by Henry Mancini
1961 Theme from A Summer Place performed by Percy Faith
1960 Mack the Knife performed by Bobby Darin

1950s

Year Winner Nominations
1959 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)* performed by Domenico Modugno

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