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GRAMMYs 2016: Record vs. Song of the Year

Carina Kresic | posted Friday, Feb 12th, 2016

The 58th annual GRAMMY Awards will be live on Monday, Feb. 15, and we want you to be well informed before watching the star-studded show!

Listen to our top three picks from Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year categories.

Record of the Year vs. Song of the Year

Did you know… Record Of The Year category recognizes the artist’s performance as well as the overall contributions of the producers, recording engineers, and mixers, if other than the artist. The Song of the year category recognizes the songwriters.


  • ‘Uptown Funk’ – Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars
  • ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran
  • ‘Blank Space’ – Taylor Swift
  • ‘Really Love’ – D’Angelo and The Vanguard
  • ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ – The Weeknd


#1 ‘UPTOWN FUNK’: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Did you know… Parts of the song were recorded in Toronto, and Burlington native Charles Moniz, is one of the sound engineers on the track.

#2 ‘BLANK SPACE’: Taylor Swift

Did you know… Swift wrote the song based on the media’s perception of her “crazy dating style” and portrayed this made-up character in the video.

#3 ‘CAN’T FEEL MY FACE’: The Weeknd

Did you know… A Toronto native, The Weeknd’s real name is Abel Tesfaye. He got his stage name from a time he dropped out of high school, left home for a weekend, and never went back. The rest is, well, history!


  • ‘Alright’ – Kendrick Lamar
  • ‘Blank Space’ – Tswift
  • ‘Girl Crush’ – Little Big Town
  • ‘See You Again’ – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
  • ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran


#1 ‘ALRIGHT’: Kendrick Lamar  kendrick

*Music video for ‘Alright’ can be found on VEVO.

Did you know… The song is about hope. Lamar was inspired to write it after a trip to South Africa and witnessing other people’s problems in the country.

#2 ‘SEE YOU AGAIN’: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Did you know… Puth first gained popularity by posting videos on YouTube. He was then approached to write a song that could play tribute to the late Paul Walker for Furious 7. Little did he know that the label would end up using his own vocals for published track, Khalifa would join the song and it would become a huge hit.

 #3 ‘THINKING OUT LOUD’: Ed Sheeran

Did you know…  Sheeran spent five hours each day for three weeks practicing the dance routine which he performs in the music video.

Check out the full list of nominees HERE.

WHO WILL YOU BE ROOTING FOR? Tell us on twitter @bttoronto and @EntCity and use the hashtag #CityGRAMMYs!

Make sure you tune into City Monday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET to watch Entertainment City: Live from the GRAMMYs, then stick around for a live broadcast of the awards!


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