Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media

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Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media
Awarded forQuality film/television songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1988 ("Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail)
Currently held byBo Burnham, "All Eyes on Me" from Bo Burnham: Inside (2022)

The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media (including its previous names) is the Grammy Award awarded to songs written for films, television, video games or other visual media.


The award goes to the composer(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s), unless the artist is also the composer. Through the years it has been awarded, since 1988, it has gone through several name changes.

Multiple winners and nominees[edit]

Alan Menken has the most wins (five times). After him, Randy Newman has three wins while James Horner, Howard Ashman, T Bone Burnett and Lady Gaga have two wins each. Alan Menken and Lady Gaga are the only artists to win this category in consecutive years, with the latter credited for the 2018 film A Star Is Born, the first and so far only entry to be nominated and win for consecutive years.

Diane Warren has the most nominations with ten, followed by Alan Menken with nine, Babyface and Randy Newman with seven, James Horner, T Bone Burnett, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Howard Ashman and Stephen Schwartz with four each, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tim Rice, Michael Kamen and Taylor Swift with three each (all of them won at least one Grammy). To date, seven songwriters have received the award for a solo composition, with the first being Carly Simon in 1990 and most recent being Bo Burnham in 2022.

Sting and Beyoncé are the most nominated artists without wins (nominated three times). Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, U2, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Eric Clapton were nominated twice without winning. Babyface was the artist with the most nominations in this category in the same year with 3 nominations in 1997 but failed to win the award that year.


Two-time winner James Horner was the first recipient of the award alongside Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Phil Collins won in 1989 with Lamont Dozier.
1990 award-winner Carly Simon.
Five-time recipient Alan Menken was awarded for his work in numerous Disney films.
1995 award-winner Bruce Springsteen.
Eleven-time nominee and 1997 winner Diane Warren.
1995 winner and four-time nominee Stephen Schwartz.
Madonna won in 2000 with William Orbit.
Three-time winner and seven-time nominee, Randy Newman.
Annie Lennox won in 2005 alongside Howard Shore and Fran Walsh.
A. R. Rahman won in 2010 alongside Gulzar and Tanvi Shah.
T Bone Burnett received the award for 2011 and 2013.
The Civil Wars (Joy Williams (left) & John Paul White (right)) won in 2013 alongside T Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift.
Adele won in 2014 with Paul Epworth.
Husband and wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez won the award in 2015 and were nominated in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Common won in 2016 with Rhymefest & John Legend.
Two-time winner Lady Gaga is the first female and one of the only two artists to receive the award in consecutive years.
Billie Eilish won in 2021 alongside her brother, Finneas O'Connell.
Year[I] Recipient(s) Work
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)[II]
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)[II]
1988 James Horner, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail
 · (Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram)
1989 Phil Collins & Lamont Dozier "Two Hearts" from Buster
 · (Phil Collins)
1990 Carly Simon "Let the River Run" from Working Girl
 · (Carly Simon)
1991 Alan Menken & Howard Ashman "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid
 · (Various artists)
1992 Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen & Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
 · (Bryan Adams)
1993 Howard Ashman & Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast
 · (Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson)
1994 Alan Menken & Tim Rice "A Whole New World" from Aladdin
 · (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
1995 Bruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" from Philadelphia
 · (Bruce Springsteen)
1996 Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas
 · (Vanessa Williams and Judy Kuhn)
1997 Diane Warren "Because You Loved Me" from Up Close & Personal
 · (Celine Dion)
1998 R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly" from Space Jam
 · (R. Kelly)
1999 James Horner & Will Jennings "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic
 · (Celine Dion)
2000 Madonna & William Orbit "Beautiful Stranger" from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
 · (Madonna)
2001 Randy Newman "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2
 · (Sarah McLachlan)
2002 John Flansburgh & John Linnell "Boss of Me" from Malcolm in the Middle
 · (They Might Be Giants)
2003 Randy Newman "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc.
 · (Randy Newman)
2004 Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy & Michael McKean "A Mighty Wind" from A Mighty Wind
 · (The Folksmen, Mitch & Mickey, and The New Main Street Singers)
2005 Annie Lennox, Howard Shore & Fran Walsh "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
 · (Annie Lennox)
2006 Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri "Believe" from The Polar Express
 · (Josh Groban)
2007 Randy Newman "Our Town" from Cars
 · (James Taylor)
2008 Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls
 · (Jennifer Hudson)
2009 Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman "Down to Earth" from WALL-E
 · (Peter Gabriel)
Gulzar, A. R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire
 · (A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)
2011 Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart
 · (Ryan Bingham)
2012 Alan Menken & Glenn Slater "I See the Light" from Tangled
 · (Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi)
2013 T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, Joy Williams & John Paul White "Safe & Sound" from The Hunger Games
 · (Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars)
2014 Adele Atkins & Paul Epworth "Skyfall" from Skyfall
 · (Adele)
2015 Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez "Let It Go" from Frozen
 · (Idina Menzel)
2016 Common, Che Smith & John Legend "Glory" from Selma
 · (Common and John Legend)
2017 Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls
 · (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar)
2018 Lin-Manuel Miranda "How Far I'll Go" from Moana
 · (Auli'i Cravalho)
2019 Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt "Shallow" from A Star Is Born
 · (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)
2020 Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere "I'll Never Love Again" from A Star Is Born
 · (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)
2021 Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell "No Time to Die" from No Time to Die
 · (Billie Eilish)
2022 Bo Burnham "All Eyes on Me" from Bo Burnham: Inside
 · (Bo Burnham)
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.




Name changes[edit]

  • 1988–1999: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television
  • 2000–2011: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • 2012–present: The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media


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