Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media

The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media (including its previous names) is the Grammy Award awarded to songs written for films, television, video games or other visual media. Through the years it's been awarded, since 1988, it has gone through several name changes:

  • 1988–1999: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television
  • 2000–2011: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • 2012–present: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media

The award goes to the composer(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s) (except if the artist is also the composer).


Year[I] Songwriter(s) Film/Television Work Nominees Ref.
1988 James Horner
Barry Mann
Cynthia Weil
An American Tail "Somewhere Out There"
1989 Phil Collins
Lamont Dozier
Buster "Two Hearts"
1990 Carly Simon Working Girl "Let the River Run"
1991 Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
The Little Mermaid "Under the Sea"
1992 Robert John Lange
Michael Kamen
Bryan Adams
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
1993 Howard Ashman
Alan Menken
Beauty and the Beast "Beauty and the Beast"
1994 Alan Menken
Tim Rice
Aladdin "A Whole New World"
1995 Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia "Streets of Philadelphia"
1996 Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz
Pocahontas "Colors of the Wind"
1997 Diane Warren Up Close & Personal "Because You Loved Me"
1998 R. Kelly Space Jam "I Believe I Can Fly"
1999 James Horner
Will Jennings
Titanic "My Heart Will Go On"
2000 Madonna
William Orbit
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me "Beautiful Stranger"
2001 Randy Newman Toy Story 2 "When She Loved Me"
2002 John Flansburgh
John Linnell
Malcolm in the Middle "Boss of Me"
2003 Randy Newman Monsters, Inc. "If I Didn't Have You"
2004 Christopher Guest
Eugene Levy
Michael McKean
A Mighty Wind "A Mighty Wind"
2005 Annie Lennox
Howard Shore
Fran Walsh
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King "Into the West"
2006 Glen Ballard
Alan Silvestri
The Polar Express "Believe"
2007 Randy Newman Cars "Our Town"
2008 Siedah Garrett
Henry Krieger
Dreamgirls "Love You I Do"
2009 Peter Gabriel
Thomas Newman
WALL-E "Down to Earth"
2010[II] Gulzar
A.R. Rahman
Tanvi Shah
Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho"
2011 Ryan Bingham
T Bone Burnett
Crazy Heart "The Weary Kind"
2012 Alan Menken
Glenn Slater
Tangled "I See the Light"
2013 T Bone Burnett
Taylor Swift
The Civil Wars
The Hunger Games "Safe & Sound"
2014 Adele
Paul Epworth
Skyfall "Skyfall"
2015 Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Robert Lopez
Frozen "Let It Go"
2016 Common
Che Smith
John Legend
Selma "Glory"
2017 Max Martin
Justin Timberlake
Trolls "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] "The Climb", written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe and featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie, was originally nominated but was withdrawn by Walt Disney Records because it had not been written specifically for a film as the category's eligibility rules require. NARAS released a statement thanking Disney for its honesty and announcing that "The Climb" had been replaced by "All Is Love", the song with the fifth highest initial votes.

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