Because as much as we love it, wasn't "Uptown Funk" so 2014?

By Grace Gavilanes
Updated February 15, 2016 09:00 PM
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This year’s Grammy Awards are giving us déjà vu – do you feel it, too?

While, yes, we can’t help but bop around whenever any song off Taylor Swift‘s 1989 comes on the radio, the squad leader’s Grammy-winning album was actually released in November 2014, which makes us wonder: How come it wasn’t nominated last year? Didn’t “Shake It Off” take the award for song of the year in 2015? Are we overthinking this a little too much? Maybe, possibly, yes.

But that doesn’t mean we’ll completely stand down – no, we got to the bottom of this here conspiracy, which actually turned out to be normal (but not very well known) Grammy Awards protocol. So, how does eligibility exactly work?

Why Do Some Artists Get Nominated Way After Their Albums Dropped?

Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” Taylor Swift’s 1989 and J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive may automatically come to mind. All three came out toward the end of 2014, but according to the Grammys official eligibility, for this year’s awards, albums must have been released between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015 and recordings be available for purchase during that same time too.

What’s the Difference Between Record of the Year and Song of the Year?

Both Grammy categories recognize an artist’s song, but record of the year delves deep, taking the artist’s performance, contributions of the producers and recording engineers into consideration. Song of the year recognizes the songwriter(s).

Who Exactly Picks the Winners?

A voting committee comprised of Recording Academy Voting Members. And how does one become a member? Well, it’s not that easy, but totally possible. According to the Grammys official website, in order to become a member, you must have “creative or technical credits on at least six commercially released tracks.”

How Are Winners Selected?

Sure, choosing winners has to do with the nominees’ level of expertise, but a committee member shed some light on the selection process, confirming that winners are usually almost always pretty well known, a.k.a. have buzz factor: “I remember one year when a committee member lobbying eagerly for an obscure musician was politely but firmly told by an old-timer that the Grammy awards were ‘not about artists no one has ever heard of.’ ”