Grammy Award for Best Music Film
|Grammy Award for Best Music Film|
|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.
- Concert/performance films or music documentaries released theatrically or for sale to the public for the first time or first appearing on television or online during the current eligibility year.
- Music-related documentaries with a preponderance of performance-based material.
- While dramatic feature films and biopics are not eligible, films with fictional elements are eligible.
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.
Artists who are the focus of nominated films may not always be eligible for a Grammy themselves, depending on the type of film and the level of involvement of those artists in the film.
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, while there have been three films about The Beatles among the winners. However, in two instances, The Beatles were not recognized as individual winners. To date, three directors won the award twice: David Mallet, Jonas Akerlund and Bob Smeaton. 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 has been presented to the artist(s), video director(s) and video producer(s). (Nominations list performing artists only).
|1984||Duran Duran||Duran, DuranDuran Duran||N/A||N/A|
|1985||Making Michael Jackson's Thriller||Jackson, MichaelMichael 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||Jackson, JanetJanet Jackson||Dominic Sena, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris||Aris McGarry, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris|
|1991||Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: The Movie||Hammer, MCMC Hammer||Rupert Wainwright||John Oetjen|
|1992||Madonna: Live! – Blond Ambition World Tour 90||Madonna||David Mallet
Mark "Aldo" Miceli
|1993||Diva||Lennox, AnnieAnnie 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 and Rocky Oldham|
|1996||Secret World Live||Gabriel, PeterPeter Gabriel||François Girard||Robert Warr|
|1997||The Beatles Anthology||Beatles, TheThe Beatles||Bob Smeaton
|Chips Chipperfield and Neil Aspinall|
|1998||Jagged Little Pill, Live||Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette||Alanis Morissette
|Alanis Morissette, David May, Glen Ballard, and Steve Purcell|
|1999||American Masters: Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart||Reed, LouLou Reed||Timothy Greenfield-Sanders||Karen Bernstein, Susan Lacy, Tamar Hacker, and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders|
|2000||Band of Gypsys: Live at Fillmore East||Hendrix, JimiJimi Hendrix[IV]||Bob Smeaton||Chips Chipperfield and Neil Aspinall|
|2001||Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album||Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon[IV]||Andrew Solt||Andrew Solt, Greg Vines, Leslie Tong, and Yoko Ono|
|2002||Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks||Brooks, MelMel Brooks||Susan Froemke||Peter Gelb and Susan Froemke|
|2003||Westway to the World||Clash, TheThe Clash||Don Letts||N/A|
|2004||Legend||Cooke, SamSam Cooke[IV]||N/A[V]||Mary Wharton, Mick Gochanour, and Robin Klein|
|2005||Concert for George||Various artists||David Leland||Jon Kamen, Olivia Harrison, and Ray Cooper||
|2006||No Direction Home||Dylan, BobBob DylanIV||Martin Scorsese||Anthony Wall, Jeff Rosen, Margaret Bodde, Martin Scorsese, Nigel Sinclair, and Susan Lacy|
|2007||Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run||Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||Thom Zimny||Thom Zimny|
|2008||The Confessions Tour||Madonna||Jonas Åkerlund||David May and Sara Martin|
|2009||Runnin' Down a Dream||the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty andTom Petty and the Heartbreakers||Peter Bogdanovich||George Drakoulias and Skot Bright|
|2010||The Beatles Love – All Together Now||Various artists||Adrian Wills||Jonathan Clyde and Martin Bolduc|
|2011||When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors||Doors, TheThe DoorsIV||Tom DiCillo||Dick Wolf, Jeff Jampol, John Beug, and Peter Jankowski|
|2012||Back and Forth||Foo Fighters||James Moll||James Moll and Nigel Sinclair|
|2013||Big Easy Express||Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show||Emmett Malloy||Bryan Ling, Mike Luba, and Tim Lynch|
|2014||Live Kisses||Paul McCartney||Jonas Akerlund|
|2015||20 Feet from Stardom||Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill||Morgan Neville||Gil Friesen and Caitlin Rogers|
|2016||Amy||Amy Winehouse||Asif Kapadia||James Gay-Rees|
|2017||The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years||The BeatlesIV||Ron Howard||Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair|
^[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