Grammy Award for Best Music Film
|Grammy Award for Best Music Film|
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
|Awarded for||quality long form music videos|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Music Film (until 2013 known as Best Long Form Music Video) is an accolade presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally named the Gramophone Awards, to performers, directors, and producers of quality videos or musical programs. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
The category was preceded by the Grammy Award for Video of the Year, which was presented in 1982 and 1983, awarding long form videos (or video albums as they were known back then) in the budding music video market. The category was discontinued after 1983.
The Best Music Film category is for concert/performance films or music documentaries. Music-related documentaries must have 51 percent or more music performance-based material. Also eligible are general release theatrical, non-fictional music-related films with 51 percent or more music performance-based material.
The Best Music Film category is one of two categories in the Best Music Video/Film Field. The other one is Best Music Video, which recognises stand-alone videos of one song or performance.
History of the award
This category has undergone several name changes through the years:
- Best Video Album (1984-1985)
- Best Music Video, Long Form (1986-1997)
- Best Long Form Music Video (1998-2013)
- Best Music Film (2014-)
In 1988 and 1989, the award criteria were changed and the video accolades were presented under the categories Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video. The awards were returned to the original format in 1990. Except in 1988 and 1989, the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video recipients include the artists, directors, and producers associated with the winning videos.
Singers Madonna and Sting hold the record for the most wins as a performer in this category, with two each. To date, David Mallet is the only director to receive more than one Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. He won his first award in 1992 and a second at the 1995 ceremony. The British pop rock group Eurythmics holds the record for the most nominations as a performer without a win, with three from 1985 to 1991.
In 1984 and 1985, only the artists were presented with an award. In 1986 the award went to the artist(s) and the video director(s). From 1987 onwards, the award was presented to the artist(s), video director(s) and video producer(s).
|1984||Duran Duran||Duran Duran||N/A||N/A|
|1985||Making Michael Jackson's Thriller||Michael Jackson||N/A||N/A|
|1986||Huey Lewis & The News: The Heart of Rock 'n Roll||Huey Lewis and the News||Bruce Gowers||N/A|
|1987||Bring on the Night||Sting||Michael Apted||Sting|
|1990||Rhythm Nation 1814||Janet Jackson||Dominic Sena, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris||Aris McGarry, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris|
|1991||Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: The Movie||MC Hammer||Rupert Wainwright||John Oetjen|
|1992||Madonna: Live! – Blond Ambition World Tour 90||Madonna||David Mallet
Mark "Aldo" Miceli
|1993||Diva||Annie Lennox||Sophie Muller||Rob Small|
|1994||Ten Summoner's Tales||Sting||Doug Nichol||Julie Fong|
|1995||Zoo TV: Live from Sydney||U2||David Mallet||Ned O'Hanlon & Rocky Oldham|
|1996||Secret World Live||Peter Gabriel||François Girard||Robert Warr|
|1997||The Beatles Anthology||The Beatles||Bob Smeaton
|Chips Chipperfield & Neil Aspinall|
|1998||Jagged Little Pill, Live||Alanis Morissette||Alanis Morissette
|Alanis Morissette, David May, Glen Ballard & Steve Purcell|
|1999||American Masters: Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart||Lou Reed||Timothy Greenfield-Sanders||Karen Bernstein, Susan Lacy, Tamar Hacker & Timothy Greenfield-Sanders|
|2000||Band of Gypsys: Live at Fillmore East||Jimi Hendrix[IV]||Bob Smeaton||Chips Chipperfield & Neil Aspinall|
|2001||Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album||John Lennon[IV]||Andrew Solt||Andrew Solt, Greg Vines, Leslie Tong & Yoko Ono|
|2002||Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks||Mel Brooks||Susan Froemke||Peter Gelb & Susan Froemke|
|2003||Westway to the World||The Clash||Don Letts||N/A|
|2004||Legend||Sam Cooke[IV]||N/A[V]||Mary Wharton, Mick Gochanour & Robin Klein|
|2005||Concert for George||Various artists||David Leland||
||Jon Kamen, Olivia Harrison & Ray Cooper|
|2006||No Direction Home||Bob DylanIV||Martin Scorsese||Anthony Wall, Jeff Rosen, Margaret Bodde, Martin Scorsese, Nigel Sinclair & Susan Lacy|
|2007||Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run||Bruce Springsteen||Thom Zimny||Thom Zimny|
|2008||The Confessions Tour: Live from London||Madonna||Jonas Åkerlund||David May & Sara Martin|
|2009||Runnin' Down a Dream||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||Peter Bogdanovich||George Drakoulias & Skot Bright|
|2010||The Beatles Love – All Together Now||Various artists||Adrian Wills||Jonathan Clyde & Martin Bolduc|
|2011||When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors||The DoorsIV||Tom DiCillo||Dick Wolf, Jeff Jampol, John Beug & Peter Jankowski|
|2012||Back and Forth||Foo Fighters||James Moll||James Moll & Nigel Sinclair|
|2013||Big Easy Express||Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show||Emmett Malloy||Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch|
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Director(s) are only indicated if they were presented a Grammy Award.
^[III] Award was not presented. Music video categories presented that year included Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video.
^[IV] Award not presented to the performing artist (only to video director(s) and video producer(s))
^[V] Director unknown; award presented to video producers only