It’s impressive and attention-getting when an artist makes the record and song of the year finals with different hits in the same year.
Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande have bucked decades of Grammy tradition by entering different hits for Grammy consideration for record and song of the year. Swift’s camp entered the frisky “You Need to Calm Down” for record of the year and the hypnotic ballad “Lover” for song of the year. Grande’s camp entered “7 Rings” for record and two songs — the shimmering “Thank U, Next” and “Boyfriend,” her current hit with Social House — for song.
For decades, the prevailing Grammy strategy has been to enter your biggest and/or most noteworthy hit of the year in both categories and hope for the best.
But two years ago, Bruno Mars took a novel approach and entered different hits in the two categories. Mars’ only entry in the record category was “24K Magic”; his only song entry was “That’s What I Like.” Mars wound up winning both awards. (That marked only the second time in Grammy history that an artist won record and song of the year in the same year for different works. Carole King achieved the feat in 1971. See below.)