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While each year is increasingly crammed with music award shows, the Grammy Awards are distinguished in two key ways. First, they remain the most prestigious—as they remain the musical equivalent to the Oscars for film, the Emmys for television and the Tonys for theater. Second, the volume of awards distributed allows for the kind of specificity that other awards shows don’t quite reach.
In contrast to their rivals, the Grammys honor elements like composition and execution separately—bestowing Song of the Year on the former and Record of the Year on the latter. They also award technique and collections separately through categories like Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Country Album. Even their category names are more clinical, shying away from things like Best Soundtrack in favor of Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Prestige, precision, and performances aside, the practical benefit of watching the Grammys are that they encapsulate a lot of what’s going on in music right now. The show can feel long at times, but—in a way—that’s a testament to its ambition and breadth. So, if you’re either watching the show or planning a workout this weekend, below are of some of our favorite workout songs from the last year and the categories in which they’ll be competing.
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Best Country Album
Best Rap Song
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse song selections there by genre, tempo and era to find the music that best fits their particular workout routines.