The 2019 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10, with the Recording Academy handing out trophies in more than 80 categories.
The 2019 Grammy nominations will be announced Friday, December 7, beginning at 8:30 am Eastern. The announcement will be made by Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara, and Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, and will be broadcast on CBS This Morning and Apple Music.
Most of the Grammys’ categories are specific to one genre (rock, country, rap, etc.). But four of them — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — are open to music from every genre.
Album of the Year is the Grammys’ most prestigious category — the rough equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar. The category honors an entire LP, from the first track to the last, and everything about the production of the album’s sound.
Record of the Year goes to the overall production of a single song and is awarded to the artist who records it. It’s often confused with Song of the Year since both awards go to individual songs, but the distinction is actually pretty simple to remember. The Record of the Year honors, first and foremost, the performing artist. Song of the Year honors the songwriter.
Best New Artist is given to artists who have released their breakthrough recording during the Grammy eligibility period — October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, for the 2019 Grammys — not to artists who made their first recording during that time.