Grammy Award for Best R&B Song

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The Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (sometimes known as the R&B Songwriter's Award) has been awarded since 1969. From 1969 to 2000 it was known as the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for music released in the previous year. Five songwriters have won this award three times, Beyoncé, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Alicia Keys.

The Grammy is awarded to the songwriter(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s) (except if the songwriter is also the performing artist).

Recipients[edit]

An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Song of the Year.
Year[I] Songwriter(s) Nationality Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees Ref.
1969 Otis Redding
Steve Cropper
 United States "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding [1]
1970 Richard Lewis Spencer  United States "Color Him Father" The Winstons [2]
1971 Ronald Dunbar
General Johnson
 United States "Patches" Clarence Carter [3]
1972 Bill Withers  United States "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers [4]
1973 Barrett Strong
Norman Whitfield
 United States "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" The Temptations [5]
1974 Stevie Wonder  United States "Superstition" Stevie Wonder [6]
1975 Stevie Wonder  United States "Living for the City" Stevie Wonder
1976 Harry Wayne Casey
Willie Clarke
Richard Finch
Betty Wright
 United States "Where Is the Love" Betty Wright [7]
1977 Boz Scaggs
David Paich
 United States "Lowdown" Boz Scaggs [8]
1978 Leo Sayer
Vini Poncia
 United States "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" Leo Sayer [9]
1979 Paul Jabara  United States "Last Dance" Donna Summer [10]
1980 David Foster
Jay Graydon
Bill Champlin
 United States "After the Love Has Gone" Earth, Wind & Fire [11]
1981 Reggie Lucas
James Mtume
 United States "Never Knew Love Like This Before" Stephanie Mills [12]
1982 Bill Withers
William Salter
Ralph MacDonald
 United States "Just the Two of Us" Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers [13]
1983 Jay Graydon
Steve Lukather
Bill Champlin
 United States "Turn Your Love Around" George Benson [14]
1984 Michael Jackson  United States "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson
1985 Prince  United States "I Feel For You" Chaka Khan [15]
1986 Jeffrey Cohen
Narada Michael Walden
 United States "Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin [16]
1987 Anita Baker
Louis A. Johnson
Gary Bias
 United States "Sweet Love" Anita Baker [17]
1988 Bill Withers  United States "Lean on Me" Club Nouveau [18]
1989 Anita Baker
Randy Holland
Skip Scarborough
 United States "Giving You the Best That I Got" Anita Baker [19]
1990 Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff  United States "If You Don't Know Me By Now" Simply Red [20]
1991 MC Hammer
Rick James
Alonzo Miller
 United States "U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer [21]
1992 Marcus Miller
Luther Vandross
Teddy Vann
 United States "Power of Love/Love Power" Luther Vandross [22]
1993 Babyface
L.A. Reid
Daryl Simmons
 United States "End of the Road" Boyz II Men [23]
1994 Janet Jackson
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
 United States "That's the Way Love Goes" Janet Jackson [24]
1995 Babyface  United States "I'll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men [25]
1996 Stevie Wonder  United States "For Your Love" Stevie Wonder [26]
1997 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds  United States "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" Whitney Houston [27]
1998 R. Kelly  United States "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly [28]
1999 Lauryn Hill  United States "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill [29]
2000 Kandi Burruss
Kevin Briggs
Tameka Cottle
 United States "No Scrubs" TLC [30]
2001 Beyoncé
Rodney Jerkins
LaShawn Daniels
Fred Jerkins III
LeToya
LaTavia Roberson
Kelly Rowland
 United States "Say My Name" Destiny's Child [31]
2002 Alicia Keys  United States "Fallin'" * Alicia Keys [32]
2003 Erykah Badu
Glenn Standridge
James Poyser
Madukwu Chinwah
Raphael Saadiq
Lonnie Lynn
Robert Ozuna
 United States "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" Erykah Badu featuring Common
  • Michael Archer, Bobby Ozuna, Raphael Saadiq & Glenn Standridge for "Be Here"
    performed by Raphael Saadiq featuring D'Angelo
  • Marsha Ambrosius, Darren "Limitless" Henson, Keith "Keshon" Pelzer & Natalie Stewart for "Floetic"
    performed by Floetry
  • Will Baker, Andrew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders & India Simpson for "Good Man"
    performed by India.Arie
  • Remy Shand for "Take a Message"
    performed by Remy Shand
[33]
2004 Beyoncé Knowles
Jay-Z
Rich Harrison
 United States "Crazy in Love" Beyoncé Knowles featuring Jay-Z [34]
2005 Alicia Keys
Harold Lilly
Kanye West
 United States "You Don't Know My Name" Alicia Keys [35]
2006 Jermaine Dupri
Johnta Austin
Manuel Seal, Jr.
Mariah Carey
 United States "We Belong Together" Mariah Carey [36]
2007 Bryan Michael Cox
Jason Perry
Johnta Austin
Mary J. Blige
 United States "Be Without You" Mary J. Blige [37]
2008 Alicia Keys
Dirty Harry
Kerry "Krucial" Brothers
 United States "No One" Alicia Keys [38]
2009 Mikkel Eriksen
Tor Hermansen
Ne-Yo
 Norway
 United States
"Miss Independent" Ne-Yo [39]
2010 Thaddis Harrell
Beyoncé Knowles
Terius Nash
Christopher Stewart
 United States "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" * Beyoncé [40]
2011 John Legend  United States "Shine" John Legend & The Roots [41]
2012 Cee Lo Green
Melanie Fiona
Jack Splash
 United States
 Canada
"Fool for You" Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona [42]
2013 Miguel Pimentel  United States "Adorn" Miguel [42]
2014 James Fauntleroy
Jerome Harmon
Timothy Mosley
Justin Timberlake
 United States "Pusher Love Girl" Justin Timberlake [43]
2015 TBA TBA TBA TBA [44]
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.

Category facts[edit]

  • Most Wins:
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Beyoncé
Stevie Wonder
Alicia Keys
Babyface
Bill Withers
Johnta Austin
Anita Baker
Jay Graydon
Total Wins 3 wins 2 wins
  • Most Nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Babyface Stevie Wonder Beyonce
Leon Huff
Luther Vandross
Rodney Jerkins
L.A. Reid
Alicia Keys
Prince (singer)
Daryl Simmons
Richard Finch
Total Nominations 14 nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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