What's the difference between album of the year and record of the year?

Getty Images

Before the 2017 Grammy Awards air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, there's some confusion that may need some clearing up. Although they sound the same, two of the biggest awards given out at the ceremony — for record of the year and album of the year — are actually very different. 

How are they different?

BeyoncéSource: Chris Pizzello/AP
Beyoncé  Chris Pizzello/AP

The album of the year category rewards the best album of that year, including everyone who worked together to create it. This year, Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson all have albums nominated. So, for example, if Lemonade takes the prize, The Weeknd — who is featured on the song "6 Inch" — will also be included as a winner.

The record category, however, is an award given to all the people behind a song — including the singer, producers, music engineers, mixers and mastering engineers.

This year's nominees for record of the year are Adele's "Hello," Beyoncé's "Formation," Lukas Graham's "7 Years," Rihanna's "Work" ft. Drake, and Twenty One Pilot's "Stressed Out." The people who contributed to the makings of these songs — the producers, music engineers/mixers, and mastering engineers — are in the running for a Grammy.

For more information on the famous music awards ceremony, you can check out Mic's Grammys hub.