Grammy Award for Best Country Song

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Grammy Award for Best Country Song
Awarded forquality Country songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1965
Currently held byThe Highwomen, "Crowded Table" (2021)

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.


Year Songwriter(s) Title Performer(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
2021 Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna "Crowded Table" The Highwomen
2020 Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, & Tanya Tucker "Bring My Flowers Now" Tanya Tucker


Year Songwriter(s) Title Performer(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
2019 Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, & Kacey Musgraves "Space Cowboy" Kacey Musgraves
2018 Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton [3]
2017 Lori McKenna "Humble and Kind" Tim McGraw [4]
2016 Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose "Girl Crush" Little Big Town [5]
2015 Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" Glen Campbell [5]
2014 Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, & Josh Osborne "Merry Go 'Round" Kacey Musgraves [6]
2013 Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins "Blown Away" Carrie Underwood
2012 Taylor Swift "Mean" Taylor Swift
2011 Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum
2010 Liz Rose & Taylor Swift "White Horse" Taylor Swift


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
2009 Jennifer Nettles "Stay" Sugarland
2008 Chris Tompkins & Josh Kear "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood
2007 Hillary Lindsey, Brett James & Gordie Sampson "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Carrie Underwood
2006 Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna, & Marcus Hummon "Bless the Broken Road" Rascal Flatts
2005 Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman "Live Like You Were Dying" Tim McGraw
2004 Jim "Moose" Brown & Don Rollins "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
2003 Alan Jackson "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" Alan Jackson
2002 Robert Lee Castleman "The Lucky One" Alison Krauss & Union Station
2001 Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers "I Hope You Dance" Lee Ann Womack
2000 Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain "Come On Over" Shania Twain


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1999 Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain "You're Still the One" Shania Twain
1998 Bob Carlisle & Randy Thomas "Butterfly Kisses" Bob Carlisle
1997 Bill Mack "Blue" LeAnn Rimes
1996 Vince Gill "Go Rest High on That Mountain" Vince Gill
1995 Gary Baker & Frank J. Myers "I Swear" John Michael Montgomery
1994 Lucinda Williams "Passionate Kisses" Mary Chapin Carpenter
1993 Vince Gill & John Barlow Jarvis "I Still Believe in You" Vince Gill
1992 John Barlow Jarvis, Naomi Judd & Paul Overstreet "Love Can Build a Bridge" The Judds
1991 Don Henry & Jon Vezner "Where've You Been" Kathy Mattea
1990 Rodney Crowell "After All This Time" Rodney Crowell


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1989 K. T. Oslin "Hold Me" K. T. Oslin
1988 Paul Overstreet & Don Schlitz "Forever and Ever, Amen" Randy Travis
1987 Jamie O'Hara "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" The Judds
1986 Jimmy Webb "Highwayman" The Highwaymen
1985 Steve Goodman "City of New Orleans" Willie Nelson
1984 Mike Reid "Stranger in My House" Ronnie Milsap
1983 Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher & Mark James "Always on My Mind" Willie Nelson
1982 Dolly Parton "9 to 5" Dolly Parton
1981 Willie Nelson "On the Road Again" Willie Nelson
1980 Debbie Hupp & Bob Morrison "You Decorated My Life" Kenny Rogers


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1979 Don Schlitz "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers
1978 Richard Leigh "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Crystal Gayle
1977 Larry Gatlin "Broken Lady" Larry Gatlin
1976 Chips Moman & Larry Butler "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" B. J. Thomas
1975 Norro Wilson & Billy Sherrill "A Very Special Love Song" Charlie Rich
1974 Kenny O'Dell "Behind Closed Doors" Charlie Rich
1973 Ben Peters "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" Charley Pride
1972 Kris Kristofferson "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Sammi Smith
1971 Marty Robbins "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" Marty Robbins
1970 Shel Silverstein "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1969 Bobby Russell "Little Green Apples" Roger Miller
1968 John Hartford "Gentle on My Mind" Glen Campbell
1967 Billy Sherrill & Glenn Sutton "Almost Persuaded" David Houston
1966 Roger Miller "King of the Road" Roger Miller
1965 Roger Miller "Dang Me" Roger Miller


  1. ^ 2021 Nominations List
  2. ^, 7 December 2018
  3. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  4. ^ List of Nominees 2017
  5. ^ a b List of Nominees 2015
  6. ^ 2014 Nominees