Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson snagged one of the biggest prizes of the night on Monday when they took home the award for record of the year during the 58th annual Grammy Awards.
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Thanking his fans for making the win possible, Mars happily accepted his award from Beyoncé, who he recently performed with during halftime at Super Bowl 50.
“I just want to thank these guys for being some of the greatest musicians, producers and arrangers around,” he said of his collaborators. “I see George Clinton over there, a man who has done more for the word funk than we could ever hope to dream in our entire lives.”
He added, “I want to thank James Brown. George Clinton, Jana Lewis, Prince, The Meters, Earth Wind and Fire.”
Ronson and Mars beat out an impressive list of nominees, which include D’Angelo and the Vanguard for “Really Love,” Mark Ronson and Ed Sheeran‘s hit “Thinking Out Loud,” Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” and the Weeknd‘s dance jam “Can’t Feel My Face.”
30-year-old Mars is in good company – previous year’s record of the year winners include Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” in 2015, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers’ ubiquitous summer hit “Get Lucky” from 2014 and Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” in 2013.
The record of the year award isn’t to be confused with the song of the year prize. Record of the year is a performance-based award that goes to the singers, musicians and producers of a particular song while song of the year is a songwriting award, going to the actual songwriters. Meanwhile, album of the year goes to a full-length album, not a song.
“When you’re jamming with dudes whom you love and respect so much, something joyous can kind of come out,” Ronson told reporters in the press room backstage. “Then the seven months to finish the song from there was a lot of hard work. I will never write anything as good as ‘Uptown Funk.'”
As for who the award-winning producer wants to collaborate with next, Ronson said, “Well, I mean, I love Kendrick. He was definitely my favorite album last year, but I feel like if it’s going to happen it will happen.”
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