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, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Howard Ashman and Stephen Schwartz with four each, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tim Rice, Michael Kamen and Taylor Swift 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, 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 Artist Work Ref.
James Horner, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil "Somewhere Out There", An American Tail [1]
Al Jarreau & Lee Holdridge "Moonlighting", Moonlighting
Franke Pevite, John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", Dirty Dancing
Diane Warren & Albert Hammond "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", Mannequin
Patrick Leonard & Madonna "Who's That Girl", Who's That Girl
Phil Collins & Lamont Dozier "Two Hearts", Buster [2]
Albert Hammond & John Bettis "One Moment in Time", 1988 Summer Olympics
Donald Fagen "Century's End", Bright Lights, Big City
Mike Love, Terry Melcher, John Phillips & Scott McKenzie "Kokomo", Cocktail
George Fenton & Jonas Gwangwa "Cry Freedom", Cry Freedom


Year Artist Work Ref.
Carly Simon "Let the River Run", Working Girl [3]
Prince "Partyman", Batman
Randy Newman "I Love to See You Smile", Parenthood
Alan & Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch "The Girl Who Used to Be Me", Shirley Valentine
U2 "Angel of Harlem", U2: Rattle and Hum
Alan Menken & Howard Ashman "Under the Sea", The Little Mermaid [4]
Stephen Sondheim "More", Dick Tracy
Stephen Sondheim "Sooner or Later", Dick Tracy
Howard Ashman & Alan Menken "Kiss the Girl", The Little Mermaid
Jon Bon Jovi "Blaze of Glory", Young Guns II
Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen & Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [5]
John Williams & Leslie Bricusse "Somewhere in My Memory", Home Alone
Stevie Wonder "Gotta Have You", Jungle Fever
Lyle Lovett "You Can't Resist It", Switch
Howard Ashman & Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast", Beauty and the Beast [6]
Carole King "Now and Forever", A League of Their Own
Michael Kamen, Sting & Eric Clapton "It's Probably Me", Lethal Weapon 3
Robert Kraft & Arne Glimcher "Beautiful Maria of My Soul", The Mambo Kings
Eric Clapton & Will Jennings "Tears in Heaven", Rush
Alan Menken & Tim Rice "A Whole New World", Aladdin [7]
Alan Menken & Howard Ashman "Friend Like Me", Aladdin
David Foster & Linda Thompson "I Have Nothing", The Bodyguard
Allan Dennis Rich & Jud Friedman "Run to You", The Bodyguard
Steve DuBerry, Lulu Lawrie & Billy Lawrie "I Don't Wanna Fight", What's Love Got to Do with It
Bruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia", Philadelphia [8]
Carole Bayer Sager, Clif Magness, & James Ingram "The Day I Fall In Love", Beethoven's 2nd
Elton John & Tim Rice "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?", The Lion King
Elton John & Tim Rice "Circle of Life", The Lion King
Madonna, Patrick Leonard, & Richard Page "I'll Remember", With Honors
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz "Colors of the Wind", Pocahontas [9]
Babyface "Someone to Love", Bad Boys
Bruce Hornsby & Chaka Khan "Love Me Still", Clockers
Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, & Robert John "Mutt" Lange For "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?", Don Juan DeMarco
James Horner, Barry Mann, & Cynthia Weil For "Whatever You Imagine", The Pagemaster
Diane Warren "Because You Loved Me", Up Close & Personal [10]
John Williams, Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman "Moonlight", Sabrina
Babyface "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)", Waiting to Exhale
Babyface "It Hurts Like Hell", Waiting to Exhale
Babyface, Michael Houston & Whitney Houston "Count On Me", Waiting to Exhale
R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly", Space Jam [11]
Diane Warren "How Do I Live", Con Air
Cédric Gradus Samson "Father of Our Nation", Mandela and de Klerk
Jud Friedman, James Newton Howard & Allan Dennis Rich "For the First Time", One Fine Day
Babyface "A Song for Mama", Soul Food
James Horner & Will Jennings "My Heart Will Go On", Titanic [12]
Diane Warren "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", Armageddon
Alanis Morissette "Uninvited", City of Angels
Matthew Wilder & David Zippel "True to Your Heart", Mulan
Sheryl Crow & Mitchell Froom "Tomorrow Never Dies", Tomorrow Never Dies


Year Artist Work Ref.
Madonna & William Orbit "Beautiful Stranger", Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me [13]
Randy Newman "The Time Of Your Life", A Bug's Life
Diane Warren "Music of My Heart", Music of the Heart
Stephen Schwartz & Babyface "When You Believe", The Prince of Egypt
Phil Collins "You'll Be in My Heart", Tarzan
Randy Newman "When She Loved Me", Toy Story 2 [14]
Samuel J. Barnes, Beyoncé Knowles, Jean Claude Olivier & Cory Rooney "Independent Women Part I", Charlie's Angels
Aimee Mann "Save Me", Magnolia
Peter Buck, Mike Mills & Michael Stipe "The Great Beyond", Man on the Moon
Bob Dylan "Things Have Changed", Wonder Boys
John Flansburgh & John Linnell "Boss of Me", Malcolm in the Middle [15]
David Hartley & Sting "My Funny Friend And Me", The Emperor's New Groove
Brandon Barnes, Brian McKnight "Win", Men of Honor
Diane Warren "There You'll Be", Pearl Harbor
Jorge Calandrelli, Tan Dun & James Schamus "A Love Before Time", Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Randy Newman "If I Didn't Have You", Monsters, Inc. [16]
Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah, Common, Robert C. Ozuna, James Poyser, Raphael Saadiq & Glen Standridge "Love of My Life – An Ode to Hip Hop", Brown Sugar
Enya, Nicky Ryan & Roma Ryan "May It Be", The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Chad Kroeger "Hero", Spider-Man
Paul McCartney "Vanilla Sky", Vanilla Sky
Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy & Michael McKean "A Mighty Wind", A Mighty Wind [17]
Ludacris & Keith McMasters "Act a Fool", 2 Fast 2 Furious
Jeff Bass, Eminem & Luis Resto "Lose Yourself", 8 Mile
Fred Ebb & John Kander "I Move On", Chicago
U2 "The Hands That Built America", Gangs of New York
Annie Lennox, Howard Shore & Fran Walsh "Into the West", The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [18]
T-Bone Burnett & Elvis Costello "The Scarlet Tide", Cold Mountain
Sting "You Will Be My Ain True Love", Cold Mountain
David Bryson, Adam Duritz, David Immerglück, Matthew Malley & Dan Vickrey "Accidentally in Love", Shrek 2
Benoît Charest & Sylvain Chomet "Belleville Rendez-Vous", The Triplets of Belleville
Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri "Believe", The Polar Express [19]
Arcade Fire "Cold Wind", Six Feet Under
John August & Danny Elfman "Wonka's Welcome Song", Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Tom Petty "Square One", Elizabethtown
Andrea Guerra, Wyclef Jean & Wonda "Million Voices", Hotel Rwanda
Randy Newman "Our Town", Cars [20]
Imogen Heap "Can't Take It In", The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Melissa Etheridge "I Need To Wake Up", An Inconvenient Truth
Mel Brooks "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway", The Producers
Dolly Parton "Travelin' Thru", Transamerica
Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger "Love You I Do", Dreamgirls [21]
David Arnold & Chris Cornell "You Know My Name", Casino Royale
Prince "Song of the Heart", Happy Feet
Eddie Vedder "Guaranteed", Into the Wild
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová "Falling Slowly", Once
Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman "Down to Earth", WALL-E [22]
John Mayer "Say", The Bucket List
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz "Ever Ever After", Enchanted
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz "That's How You Know", Enchanted
Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly "Walk Hard", Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


Year Artist Work Ref.
Gulzar, A. R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah "Jai Ho", Slumdog Millionaire [24]
Karen O & Nick Zinner "All Is Love", Where the Wild Things Are
Josh Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York "Decode", Twilight
Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon & Jody Street "Once in a Lifetime", Cadillac Records
Bruce Springsteen "The Wrestler", The Wrestler
Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett "The Weary Kind", Crazy Heart [25]
Randy Newman & Dr. John "Down in New Orleans", The Princess and the Frog
Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell, James Horner & Leona Lewis "I See You (Theme from Avatar)", Avatar
Lucinda Williams "Kiss Like Your Kiss", True Blood
Steve Earle "This City", Treme
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater "I See the Light", Tangled [26]
Diane Warren "Born to Be Somebody", Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane & Danny Smith "Christmastime Is Killing Us", Family Guy
Zooey Deschanel "So Long", Winnie The Pooh
Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson & Anne Preven "Where The River Goes", Footloose
Diane Warren "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", Burlesque
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars "Safe & Sound", The Hunger Games [27]
T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne "Abraham's Daughter", The Hunger Games
Mumford & Sons "Learn Me Right", Brave
Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman "Let Me Be Your Star", Smash
Bret McKenzie "Man or Muppet", The Muppets
Adele& Paul Epworth "Skyfall", Skyfall [28]
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin "Atlas", The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Diane Warren "Silver Lining (Crazy 'Bout You)", Silver Linings Playbook
Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw "We Both Know", Safe Haven
Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels "Young and Beautiful", The Great Gatsby
Regina Spektor "You've Got Time", Orange Is the New Black
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez "Let It Go", Frozen [29]
The Lonely Island, Jo Li, and Shawn Patterson "Everything Is Awesome", The Lego Movie
Ed Sheeran "I See Fire", The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
Spike Jonze & Karen O "The Moon Song", Her
Common, Che Smith & John Legend "Glory", Selma [30]
Belly, Deheala, Stephan Moccio, & The Weeknd "Earned It", Fifty Shades of Grey
Ilya, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Lo, & Ali Payami "Love Me like You Do", Fifty Shades of Grey
Andrew Cedar, DJ Frank E, Wiz Khalifa, & Charlie Puth "See You Again", Furious 7
Lady Gaga & Diane Warren "Til It Happens to You", The Hunting Ground
Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop the Feeling!", Trolls [31]
Tyler Joseph "Heathens", Suicide Squad
Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback "Just Like Fire", Alice Through The Looking Glass
Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts "Purple Lamborghini", Suicide Squad
Sia Furler & Stargate "Try Everything", Zootopia
Peter Gabriel "The Veil", Snowden
Lin-Manuel Miranda "How Far I'll Go", Moana [32]
Justin Hurwitz, Pasek & Paul "City of Stars", La La Land
Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift "I Don't Wanna Live Forever", Fifty Shades Darker
Greg Kurstin & Sia "Never Give Up", Lion
Common & Diane Warren "Stand Up for Something", Marshall
Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt "Shallow", A Star Is Born [33]
Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith "All the Stars", Black Panther
Sufjan Stevens "Mystery of Love", Call Me by Your Name
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez "Remember Me", Coco
Pasek & Paul "This Is Me", The Greatest Showman


Year Artist Work Ref.
Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere "I'll Never Love Again", A Star Is Born [34]
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry "Girl in the Movies", Dumplin'
Thom Yorke "Suspirium", Suspiria
Beyoncé, Labrinth and Ilya Salmanzadeh "Spirit", The Lion King
Randy Newman "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy", Toy Story 4
Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell "No Time to Die", No Time to Die
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift "Beautiful Ghosts", Cats
Brandi Carlile, Phil and Tim Hanseroth "Carried Me With You", Onward
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez "Into the Unknown", Frozen II
Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo "Stand Up", Harriet
TBA [35]
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez "Agatha All Along", WandaVision ep. 7
Bo Burnham "All Eyes on Me", Inside
Alecia Moore, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul "All I Know So Far", P!NK: All I Know So Far
Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas "Fight for You", Judas and the Black Messiah
Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson and Carole King "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)", Respect
Sam Ashworth and Leslie Odom Jr. "Speak Now", One Night In Miami...




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. ^ "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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