Grammy Award for Best Music Film

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Grammy Award for Best Music Film
Awarded forQuality long form music videos
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1984
Currently held byJazz Fest: A New Orleans Story (2023)

The Grammy Award for Best Music Film is an accolade presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally named the Gramophone Awards,[1] 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".[2] In order to qualify for this category, concert/performance films or music documentaries must be released theatrically or for sale to the public for the first time or first appearing on television or online during the current eligibility year. Dramatic feature films and biopics are not eligible.[3]


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. Along with the similar honor Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, this award was first presented in 1984. From 1984 to 1985, the accolade was known as Best Video Album, but in 1986, it was renamed to Best Music Video, Long Form. From 1998 to 2012, it was named Best Long Form Music Video,[4][5][6] before changing to Best Music Film since 2013.

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 included the artists, directors, and producers associated with the winning videos. 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.

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

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. Beyoncé holds the record for the most nominations with five. The British pop rock group Eurythmics and Coldplay hold the record for the most nominations as a performer without a win, with three each. Although Beyoncé also held four losing nominations, she won with her fourth nomination with Homecoming in 2020.


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).

Four men performing on a stage in front of a red mist. In the foreground a white man sings into a microphone. Another male can be seen playing the guitar
Members of the English new wave group Duran Duran, among recipients of the 1984 accolade for Duran Duran, performing in 2005.
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Sting has earned two accolades from this category for Bring On the Night and Ten Summoner's Tales.
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Janet Jackson won the award in 1990 for Rhythm Nation 1814.
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1993 winner, Annie Lennox.
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Alanis Morissette won the award in 1998 for Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill, Live
Mel Brooks won the award for Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks.
Director Don Letts received the award for the documentary Westway to the World about the band The Clash.
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2006 award winner for directing the documentary No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese
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Bruce Springsteen won the accolade in 2007 for Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run
A white male in his 60s sitting in a chair while speaking into a microphone. He is wearing eyeglasses and a grey jacket over a blue buttoned down shirt. His left hand is rested on his lap.
In 2009, Peter Bogdanovich earned the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video for directing Runnin' Down a Dream
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2011 award winners included director Tom DiCillo for When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors.
Amy Winehouse was the subject of 2016 winner Amy that depicted her life and death. The award went to the director Asif Kapadia who also won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the same film as well.
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard won for the documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.
Rashida Jones won the award as co-director of Quincy, a film about her father, Quincy Jones.
Year[I] Work(s) Performing artist(s) Director(s) and Producer(s)[II] Nominees Ref.
1984 Duran Duran Duran Duran [7]
1985 Making Michael Jackson's Thriller Michael Jackson [8]
1986 Huey Lewis & The News: The Heart of Rock 'n Roll Huey Lewis and the News
1987 Bring On the Night Sting
1988 [III] [11]
1989 [III] [12]
1990 Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson
1991 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: The Movie MC Hammer
1992 Madonna: Live! – Blond Ambition World Tour 90 Madonna
  • David Mallet & Mark "Aldo" Miceli, directors
  • Anthony Eaton, producer
  • Peter GabrielP.O.V. (Michael Chapman & Hart Perry, video directors; Dana Heinz & Sandy Lieberson, video producers)
  • Billy JoelLive at Yankee Stadium (Jon Small, video director; Jon Small, video producer)
  • Lifers GroupWorld Tour Rahway Prison, That's It (Penelope Spheeris, video director; Jessica Cooper, video producer)
  • Sinéad O'ConnorYear of the Horse (Sophie Muller, video director; Steve Fargnoli & James Todd, video producers)
1993 Diva Annie Lennox
  • GwarPhallus in Wonderland (Judas Bullhorn & Distortion Wells, video directors; Dean English, video producer)
  • MC HammerHammerin' Home (Rupert Wainwright, video director; Oliver Fuselier, Guy J. Louthan & Terance Power, video producers)
  • Public EnemyThe Enemy Strikes Live (Larry Holland, video director; J. Kevin Swain, video producer)
  • Swiss Radio Symphony; Matthias Bamert, conductor – Classic Visions 5: Gershwin, D'Albert, Strauss, Honegger (Adrian Marthaler, video director; Armin Brunner, video producer)
1994 Ten Summoner's Tales Sting
1995 Zoo TV: Live from Sydney U2
  • David Mallet, director
  • Ned O'Hanlon and Rocky Oldham, producer
1996 Secret World Live Peter Gabriel
  • Kate BushThe Line, the Cross & the Curve (Kate Bush, video director; Margarita Doyle, video producer)
  • Cirque Du SoleilSaltimbanco (Jacques Payette, video director; Helene Dufresne, video producer)
  • Charles Dutoit and The Montreal Symphony Orchestra – The Planets (Barbara Willis Sweete, video director; Niv Fichman, video producer)
  • Green Jellÿ333 (Green Jelly (Mike Bloomquist, David Cannizzaro, Joe Cannizzaro, Mike Davis, Anthony Gotta, Gary Hellsinger, Eugene Kelly, Bill Manspeaker, Rose Mattrey & Kim O'Donnell), video directors)
  • James McMurtryWhere'd You Hide the Body (K.C. Amos, Bill Brown, Ingrid Calame, Sande Chen, Gregory E. Connor, Linda Feferman, Johannes Gamble, Nathan Hope, Pip Johnson, Brenda McIntyre, Luis Ruiz & Deborah Stratman, video directors)
1997 The Beatles Anthology The Beatles
  • Bob Smeaton and Geoff Wonfor, directors
  • Chips Chipperfield and Neil Aspinall, producers
1998 Jagged Little Pill, Live Alanis Morissette
1999 American Masters: Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart Lou Reed
  • FastballThey Wanted the Highway (Ondi Timoner, video director; Mark Didia, David Timoner & Ondi Timoner, video producers)
  • Yo-Yo MaInspired by Bach: Six Gestures – No. 6 (Patricia Rozema, video director; Niv Fichman, video producer)
  • Scott Rockenfield and Paul Speer featuring Sir Mix-A-Lott – TeleVoid (Michael Boydstun, video director and producer)
  • Various artistsRobert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing (Robert Altman, video director; Robert Altman, Brent Carpenter, James McLindon & Matthew Seig, video producers)
2000 Band of Gypsys: Live at Fillmore East Jimi HendrixIV
  • Bob Smeaton, director
  • Chips Chipperfield and Neil Aspinall, producer
2001 Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album John LennonIV
2002 Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks Mel Brooks
2003 Westway to the World The Clash
2004 Legend Sam CookeIV
2005 Concert for George Various artistsIV
2006 No Direction Home Bob DylanIV
2007 Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
  • Thom Zimny, director and producer
2008 The Confessions Tour Madonna
2009 Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Peter Bogdanovich, director
  • Skot Bright, Tony Dimitriades & George Drakoulias, producers
2010 The Beatles Love – All Together Now The Beatles and Cirque du SoleilIV
  • Adrian Wills, director
  • Jonathan Clyde and Martin Bolduc, producers
2011 When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors The DoorsIV
2012 Back and Forth Foo Fighters
2013 Big Easy Express Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Emmett Malloy, director
  • Bryan Ling, Mike Luba, and Tim Lynch, producers
2014 Live Kisses Paul McCartney
  • Jonas Åkerlund, director
  • Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, producers
2015 20 Feet from Stardom Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
2016 Amy Amy WinehouseIV
2017 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years The BeatlesIV
  • Steve AokiI'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Justin Krook, video director; Brent Almond, Matt Colon, David Gelb, Ryan Kavanaugh, Michael Theanne, Happy Walters & Matthew Weaver, video producers)
  • BeyoncéLemonade (Beyoncé Knowles Carter & Kahlil Joseph, video directors; Ed Burke, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Steve Pamon, Todd Tourso, Dora Melissa Vargas & Erinn Williams, video producers)
  • Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road EnsembleThe Music of Strangers (Morgan Neville, video director; Caitrin Rogers, video producer)
  • Various Artists – American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry (George J. Flanigen IV, video director; Steve Buchanan, John Burke, Lindsey Clark, Robert Deaton, Pete Fisher & George J. Flanigen IV, video producers)
2018 The Defiant Ones Various artistsIV
  • Allen Hughes, director
  • Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, producers
2019 Quincy Quincy Jones
  • Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, directors
  • Paula DuPré Pesmen, producer
2020 Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé Beyoncé
  • Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, directors
  • Steve Pamon & Erinn Williams, producers
2021 The Sound of My Voice Linda Ronstadt
2022 Summer of Soul Various ArtistsIV
2023 Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story Various ArtistsIV
  • Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern, video directors
  • Frank Marshal, Sean Stuart & Ryan Suffern, video producers
  • AdeleAdele One Night Only (Paul Dugdale, video director)
  • Justin BieberOur World (Michael D. Ratner, video director; Michael D. Ratner, Kfir Goldberg, Andy Mininger & Scott Ratner, video producers)
  • Billie EilishBillie Eilish Live at the O2 (Sam Wrench, video director; Michelle An, Tom Colbourne, Chelsea Dodson & Billie Eilish, video producers)
  • RosalíaMotomami (Rosalía Tiktok Live Performance) (Ferrán Echegaray, Rosalía Vila Tobella & Stillz, video directors); Karen Saurí Marchán & Christy Alcaraz Moyer (video producers)
  • Neil Young & Crazy HorseBarn (Darryl Hanna, video director; Gary Ward, video producer)

^[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


See also[edit]


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