Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media

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Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media
Awarded forquality film/television songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1988 ("Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail)
Currently held byBillie Eilish, FINNEAS, "No Time To Die" from No Time To Die (2021)

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. The award goes to the composer(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s), unless the artist is also the composer. Through the years it has been awarded, since 1988, it has gone through several name changes.

Multiple winners and nominees[edit]

Alan Menken has the most wins (five times). After him, Randy Newman has three wins while James Horner, Howard Ashman, T Bone Burnett and Lady Gaga have two wins each. Alan Menken and Lady Gaga are the only artists to win this category in consecutive years.

Diane Warren has the most nominations with ten, followed by Alan Menken with nine, Babyface and Randy Newman with seven, James Horner, T Bone Burnett, Howard Ashman and Stephen Schwartz with four each, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tim Rice, Michael Kamen, Taylor Swift, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez with three each (all of them won at least one Grammy).

To date, six songwriters have received the award for a solo composition, with the first being Carly Simon in 1990 and most recent being Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2018.

Sting and Beyoncé are the most nominated artists without wins (nominated three times). Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Elvis Costello, U2, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Eric Clapton were nominated two times without winning. Babyface was the artist with more nominations in a single year with 3 nominations in 1997 but failed to win the award that year. The 2018 film A Star Is Born is the first to be nominated and win two years in a row.


Five-time recipient Alan Menken was awarded for his work in numerous Disney films.
Eleven-time nominee and 1997 winner Diane Warren.
Randy Newman won all three of his Grammys for solo compositions.
T Bone Burnett received the award for 2011 and 2013.
Husband and wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez won the award in 2015 and were nominated in 2019 and 2021.
Two-time winner Lady Gaga is the first female and one of the only two artists to receive the award in consecutive years.
Year[a] Songwriter(s) Film/Television Work Nominees Ref.
1988 James Horner
Barry Mann
Cynthia Weil
An American Tail "Somewhere Out There" [1]
1989 Phil Collins
Lamont Dozier
Buster "Two Hearts" [2]
1990 Carly Simon Working Girl "Let the River Run"
1991 Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
The Little Mermaid "Under the Sea"
1992 Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Michael Kamen
Bryan Adams
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" [5]
1993 Howard Ashman
Alan Menken
Beauty and the Beast "Beauty and the Beast" [6]
1994 Alan Menken
Tim Rice
Aladdin "A Whole New World" [7]
1995 Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia "Streets of Philadelphia" [8]
1996 Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz
Pocahontas "Colors of the Wind" [9]
1997 Diane Warren Up Close & Personal "Because You Loved Me" [10]
1998 R. Kelly Space Jam "I Believe I Can Fly"
1999 James Horner
Will Jennings
Titanic "My Heart Will Go On" [12]
2000 Madonna
William Orbit
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me "Beautiful Stranger" [13]
2001 Randy Newman Toy Story 2 "When She Loved Me" [14]
2002 John Flansburgh
John Linnell
Malcolm in the Middle "Boss of Me" [15]
2003 Randy Newman Monsters, Inc. "If I Didn't Have You" [16]
2004 Christopher Guest
Eugene Levy
Michael McKean
A Mighty Wind "A Mighty Wind" [17]
2005 Annie Lennox
Howard Shore
Fran Walsh
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King "Into the West" [18]
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" [21]
2009 Peter Gabriel
Thomas Newman
WALL-E "Down to Earth" [22]
2010[b] Gulzar
A. R. Rahman
Tanvi Shah
Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" [24]
2011 Ryan Bingham
T Bone Burnett
Crazy Heart "The Weary Kind" [25]
2012 Alan Menken
Glenn Slater
Tangled "I See the Light"
2013 T Bone Burnett
Taylor Swift
The Civil Wars
The Hunger Games "Safe & Sound" [27]
2014 Adele Adkins
Paul Epworth
Skyfall "Skyfall" [28]
2015 Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Robert Lopez
Frozen "Let It Go" [29]
2016 Common
Che Smith
John Legend
Selma "Glory" [30]
2017 Max Martin
Justin Timberlake
Trolls "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
2018 Lin-Manuel Miranda Moana "How Far I'll Go" [32]
2019 Lady Gaga
Mark Ronson
Anthony Rossomando
Andrew Wyatt
A Star Is Born "Shallow" [33]
2020 Lady Gaga
Natalie Hemby
Hillary Lindsey
Aaron Raitiere
"I'll Never Love Again" [34]
2021 Billie Eilish O'Connel
Finneas O'Connell
No Time to Die "No Time to Die"

Name changes[edit]

  • 1988–1999: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for 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


  1. ^ Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
  2. ^ "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", with the fifth highest initial votes.[23]


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