The 2017 Grammy Award ceremony just ended and Adele was the woman of the evening, taking home awards for the top three honors, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year among others. For those of us not in the music industry those categories can be confusing.
Of course, Album of the Year refers to the entire winning album, including all of its songs. Record of the Year singles out one individual song and is awarded to the recording artist. Song of the Year also goes to a single song, but recognizes the songwriter rather than the performer, unless they happen to be the same person, as is the case with Adele.
Album of the year nominees:
Adele, 25: Compact Disc
Beyoncé, Lemonade: Compact Disc
Justin Bieber, Purpose: Compact Disc | Download or Stream
Drake, Views: Compact Disc | Download or Stream
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth: Compact Disc | Download or Stream