What's the difference between a record and an album?
The term record and album seemed to be used interchangeably, however, was/is there a difference between these two terms? For example, the Grammy Awards have awards for both, yet records and albums existed before the Grammy Awards. Are these merely synonyms or did they have a different meaning in the past?
Album of the Year is the most self-explanatory. It rewards, well, albums. Like Record of the Year, it's a performance and production award that goes to the artist and the album's producer and recording engineer.
So basically Album is looking at all the songs and certain people used in the process.
Record of the Year rewards a song's performance and production. Record of the Year recognizes the artist (in this case, U2), the producers (Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois), and the recording engineers and mixers (Steve Lillywhite and Richard Rainey). Both Song of the Year and Record of the Year reward individual songs, but they recognize different aspects of the songmaking process.
Record is looking at the songs individually and a lot of the details and other people used in making the music.
A reason why records may be synonymous with Albums is that Albums refer to a whole disc or compilation of works, while records use to refer to Vinyl Disc.
The term Albums pretty much always meant the same thing, except nowadays I think they are referring more to Studio Albums.
A studio album is an album of audio recordings made up of tracks recorded in a recording studio. A studio album contains newly written and recorded or previously unreleased or remixed material, distinguishing itself from a compilation or reissue album of previously recorded material, or live recording made at a performance venue.