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 by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1988
Currently held by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, "Shallow" (2019)
Website grammy.com

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. Through the years it's been awarded, since 1988, it has gone through several name changes:

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

The award goes to the composer(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s) (except if the artist is also the composer).

Alan Menken has the most wins (5 times). After him, only James Horner, Howard Ashman and T Bone Burnett have multiple wins (2 each). Diane Warren has the most nomination with 10, followed by Alan Menken with 9, Babyface with 7, James Horner and T Bone Burnett with 4 each, Madonna, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Michael Kamen with 3 each (all of them won at least one Grammy). Sting is the most nominated artist without wins (nominated 3 times). Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Elvis Costello and U2 were nominated 2 times without winning. Babyface was the artist with more nominations in a single year with 3 nominations in 1997 but failed to win the award that year.

Alan Menken American musical theatre and film composer and pianist

Alan Irwin Menken is an American musical theatre and film score composer, songwriter and pianist. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010), and Sausage Party (2016), among others. He is also known for his work on musical theatre works for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of these are based on his Disney films, but other stage hits include Little Shop of Horrors (1982), A Christmas Carol (1994) and Sister Act (2009).

James Horner Film composer and conductor

James Roy Horner was an American composer, conductor and orchestrator of film scores, writing over 100. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music.

Howard Ashman American playwright and lyricist

Howard Elliott Ashman was an American playwright and lyricist. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several works and is most widely known for several animated feature films for Disney, for which Ashman wrote the lyrics and Menken composed the music. Ashman and Menken began their collaboration with the musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1979), for which Ashman directed and wrote both book and lyrics. Their next musical, Little Shop of Horrors (1982) for which Ashman again directed and wrote both book and lyrics, became a long-running success and led to a 1986 feature film. The partnership's first Disney film was The Little Mermaid (1989), followed by Beauty and the Beast (1991). After his death, some of Ashman's songs were included in another Disney film, Aladdin (1992).

Recipients

Year [I] Songwriter(s)Film/TelevisionWorkNomineesRef.
1988 James Horner
Barry Mann
Cynthia Weil
An American Tail "Somewhere Out There" [1]
1989 Phil Collins
Lamont Dozier
Buster "Two Hearts" [2]
1990 Carly Simon Working Girl "Let the River Run"
[3]
1991 Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
The Little Mermaid "Under the Sea"
[4]
1992 Robert John Lange
Michael Kamen
Bryan Adams
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" [5]
1993 Howard Ashman
Alan Menken
Beauty and the Beast "Beauty and the Beast" [6]
1994 Alan Menken
Tim Rice
Aladdin "A Whole New World" [7]
1995 Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia "Streets of Philadelphia" [8]
1996 Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz
Pocahontas "Colors of the Wind" [9]
1997 Diane Warren Up Close & Personal "Because You Loved Me" [10]
1998 R. Kelly Space Jam "I Believe I Can Fly"
[11]
1999 James Horner
Will Jennings
Titanic "My Heart Will Go On" [12]
2000 Madonna
William Orbit
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me "Beautiful Stranger" [13]
2001 Randy Newman Toy Story 2 "When She Loved Me" [14]
2002 John Flansburgh
John Linnell
Malcolm in the Middle "Boss of Me" [15]
2003 Randy Newman Monsters, Inc. "If I Didn't Have You" [16]
2004 Christopher Guest
Eugene Levy
Michael McKean
A Mighty Wind "A Mighty Wind" [17]
2005 Annie Lennox
Howard Shore
Fran Walsh
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King "Into the West" [18]
2006 Glen Ballard
Alan Silvestri
The Polar Express "Believe"
[19]
2007 Randy Newman Cars "Our Town"
[20]
2008 Siedah Garrett
Henry Krieger
Dreamgirls "Love You I Do" [21]
2009 Peter Gabriel
Thomas Newman
WALL-E "Down to Earth" [22]
2010 [II] Gulzar
A. R. Rahman
Tanvi Shah
Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" [23]
2011 Ryan Bingham
T Bone Burnett
Crazy Heart "The Weary Kind" [24]
2012 Alan Menken
Glenn Slater
Tangled "I See the Light"
[25]
2013 T Bone Burnett
Taylor Swift
The Civil Wars
The Hunger Games "Safe & Sound" [26]
2014 Adele
Paul Epworth
Skyfall "Skyfall" [27]
2015 Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Robert Lopez
Frozen "Let It Go" [28]
2016 Common
Che Smith
John Legend
Selma "Glory" [29]
2017 Max Martin
Shellback
Justin Timberlake
Trolls "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
[30]
2018 Lin-Manuel Miranda Moana "How Far I'll Go" [31]
2019 Lady Gaga
Mark Ronson
Anthony Rossomando
Andrew Wyatt
A Star Is Born "Shallow" [32]

Jessica Leigh Alexander is an American country music artist. She has had her songs recorded by Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town. She also launched her own recording career in 2004. Two of her songs charted on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and Columbia Records released her debut album, Honeysuckle Sweet, on March 1, 2005.

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