The general field categories at the Grammys always seem to cause the most debate. In its history, one of the most highly debated categories has been Record of the Year.
Per the Recording Academy, the screening criteria for Record of the Year are the following:
“Recordings entered for consideration in this Category should represent the best overall achievement. The elements to be considered are the performance, production and engineering; secondary elements for consideration are songwriting/composition, arranging and performance of the backup vocalists and musicians, as applicable”
Now, clearly, all of those elements are subjective, and everyone has different ideas on what constitutes greatness in all of those elements. However, not every choice for Record of the Year has aged well.
Here are 17 times we think the Grammys got Record of the Year wrong.
The 2023 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, February 5 starting at 8 PM ET. The ceremony will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.