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Grammy Award for Best Country Song

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Grammy Award for Best Country Song
"White Horse" by Chris Stapleton is the most recent recipient
Awarded forQuality country songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1965
Currently held byChris Stapleton & "Dan Wilson" for "White Horse" (2024)

The Grammy Award for Best Country Song (sometimes known as the Country Songwriter's Award) has been awarded since 1965. The award is given to the songwriter(s) of the song, not to the artist, except if the artist is also the songwriter.

There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

  • From 1965 to 1968, it was known as "Best Country & Western Song"
  • From 1969 to 1983, it was awarded as "Best Country Song"
  • In 1984, it was awarded as "Best New Country Song "
  • From 1985 to the present, it has again been awarded as "Best Country Song"

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for music released in the previous year. Lori McKenna, Josh Kear, and Chris Stapleton hold the record of most wins in the category with three wins each.


Two-time winner Roger Miller was the first recipient of the award.
1970 winner Shel Silverstein
1971 winner Marty Robbins
1972 winner Kris Kristofferson
1977 winner Larry Gatlin
1981 winner Willie Nelson
1982 winner Dolly Parton
1986 winner Jimmy Webb
1992 co-winner Naomi Judd
Two-time winner Vince Gill
1994 winner Lucinda Williams
Two-time winner Shania Twain
2003 winner Alan Jackson
Two-time winner Hillary Lindsey
2009 winner, Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland
Two-time winner Taylor Swift
2011 winner Lady A
Two-time winner Shane McAnally
Two-time winner Kacey Musgraves
2015 winner Glen Campbell
Three-time winner Lori McKenna
2018 winner Chris Stapleton
2020 winner Tanya Tucker
Two-time Brandi Carlile
Year[I] Recipient(s) Work Performing artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)[II]
1965 Roger Miller "Dang Me" Roger Miller
1966 Roger Miller "King of the Road" Roger Miller
1967 Billy Sherrill & Glenn Sutton "Almost Persuaded" David Houston
1968 John Hartford "Gentle on My Mind" Glen Campbell
1969 Bobby Russell "Little Green Apples" Roger Miller
1970 Shel Silverstein "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash
1971 Marty Robbins "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" Marty Robbins
1972 Kris Kristofferson "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Sammi Smith
1973 Ben Peters "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" Charley Pride
1974 Kenny O'Dell "Behind Closed Doors" Charlie Rich
1975 Norro Wilson & Billy Sherrill "A Very Special Love Song" Charlie Rich
1976 Chips Moman & Larry Butler "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" B. J. Thomas
1977 Larry Gatlin "Broken Lady" Larry Gatlin
1978 Richard Leigh "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Crystal Gayle
1979 Don Schlitz "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers
1980 Debbie Hupp & Bob Morrison "You Decorated My Life" Kenny Rogers
1981 Willie Nelson "On the Road Again" Willie Nelson
1982 Dolly Parton "9 to 5" Dolly Parton
1983 Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher & Mark James "Always on My Mind" Willie Nelson
1984 Mike Reid "Stranger in My House" Ronnie Milsap
1985 Steve Goodman "City of New Orleans" Willie Nelson
1986 Jimmy Webb "Highwayman" The Highwaymen
1987 Jamie O'Hara "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" The Judds
1988 Paul Overstreet & Don Schlitz "Forever and Ever, Amen" Randy Travis
1989 K. T. Oslin "Hold Me" K. T. Oslin
1990 Rodney Crowell "After All This Time" Rodney Crowell
1991 Don Henry & Jon Vezner "Where've You Been" Kathy Mattea
1992 John Barlow Jarvis, Naomi Judd & Paul Overstreet "Love Can Build a Bridge" The Judds
1993 Vince Gill & John Barlow Jarvis "I Still Believe in You" Vince Gill
1994 Lucinda Williams "Passionate Kisses" Mary Chapin Carpenter
1995 Gary Baker & Frank J. Myers "I Swear" John Michael Montgomery
1996 Vince Gill "Go Rest High on That Mountain" Vince Gill
1997 Bill Mack "Blue" LeAnn Rimes
1998 Bob Carlisle & Randy Thomas "Butterfly Kisses" Bob Carlisle
1999 Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain "You're Still the One" Shania Twain
2000 Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain "Come On Over" Shania Twain
2001 Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers "I Hope You Dance" Lee Ann Womack
2002 Robert Lee Castleman "The Lucky One" Alison Krauss & Union Station
2003 Alan Jackson "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" Alan Jackson
2004 Jim "Moose" Brown & Don Rollins "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
2005 Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman "Live Like You Were Dying" Tim McGraw
2006 Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna, & Marcus Hummon "Bless the Broken Road" Rascal Flatts
2007 Hillary Lindsey, Brett James & Gordie Sampson "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Carrie Underwood
2008 Chris Tompkins & Josh Kear "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood
2009 Jennifer Nettles "Stay" Sugarland
2010 Liz Rose & Taylor Swift "White Horse" Taylor Swift
2011 Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum
2012 Taylor Swift "Mean" Taylor Swift
2013 Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins "Blown Away" Carrie Underwood
2014 Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, & Josh Osborne "Merry Go 'Round" Kacey Musgraves [1]
2015 Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" Glen Campbell [2]
2016 Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose "Girl Crush" Little Big Town [2]
2017 Lori McKenna "Humble and Kind" Tim McGraw
2018 Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton [4]
2019 Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, & Kacey Musgraves "Space Cowboy" Kacey Musgraves [5]
2020 Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, & Tanya Tucker "Bring My Flowers Now" Tanya Tucker
2021 Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna "Crowded Table" The Highwomen
2022 Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton "Cold" Chris Stapleton
2023 Matt Rogers & Ben Stennis "'Til You Can't" Cody Johnson
2024 Chris Stapleton & Dan Wilson "White Horse" Chris Stapleton

Songwriters with multiple wins[edit]

Songwriters with multiple nominations[edit]

Songwriters with multiple nominations and no wins[edit]

6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations

Artists with multiple nominations and wins[edit]

9 nominations
8 nominations
7 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations


  1. ^ "2014 Nominees" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  2. ^ a b List of Nominees 2015
  3. ^ List of Nominees 2017
  4. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Grammy.com, 7 December 2018
  6. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 22, 2019). "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List". Retrieved November 22, 2019. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  7. ^ 2021 Nominations List
  8. ^ "2022 GRAMMYs Awards: Complete Nominations List". GRAMMY.com. 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  9. ^ "2023 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Complete Nominees List". GRAMMY.com. November 15, 2022. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "2024 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Full Nominees List | GRAMMY.com". www.grammy.com. Retrieved 2023-11-12.