Grammy Award for Song of the Year: Wikis


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The Song of the Year is one of the four most prestigious awards in the Grammy Awards ceremony, if not in all of the American music industry. It has been awarded since 1959 to the composer (not the performer) of the song in question. It is almost always the case that one or more recordings are nominated for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and one recording may be awarded both awards. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for music released in the previous year.

Unlike Record of the Year, which goes to the performer and production team of a single song, Song of the Year goes to the composer(s) of the song.



Year Winner Nominations
2010 TBD


Year Winner Nominations
2009 Coldplay for "Viva la Vida" performed by Coldplay
2008 Amy Winehouse for "Rehab"* performed by Amy Winehouse
2007 Dixie Chicks & Dan Wilson for "Not Ready to Make Nice"* performed by Dixie Chicks
2006 U2 for "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" performed by U2
2005 John Mayer for "Daughters" performed by John Mayer
2004 Richard Marx & Luther Vandross for "Dance with My Father" performed by Luther Vandross
2003 Jesse Harris for "Don't Know Why"* performed by Norah Jones
2002 Alicia Keys for "Fallin'" performed by Alicia Keys
2001 U2 for "Beautiful Day"* performed by U2
2000 Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas for "Smooth"* performed by Santana featuring Rob Thomas


Year Winner Nominations
1999 James Horner & Will Jennings for "My Heart Will Go On"* performed by Celine Dion
1998 Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal for "Sunny Came Home"* performed by Shawn Colvin
1997 Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims for "Change the World"* performed by Eric Clapton
1996 Seal for "Kiss from a Rose"* performed by Seal
1995 Bruce Springsteen for "Streets of Philadelphia" performed by Bruce Springsteen
1994 Alan Menken & Tim Rice for "A Whole New World" performed by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
1993 Eric Clapton for "Tears in Heaven"* performed by Eric Clapton
1992 Irving Gordon for "Unforgettable"* performed by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
1991 Julie Gold for "From a Distance" performed by Bette Midler
1990 Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar for "Wind Beneath My Wings"* performed by Bette Midler


Year Winner Nominations
1989 Bobby McFerrin for "Don't Worry, Be Happy"* performed by Bobby McFerrin
1988 James Horner, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil for "Somewhere Out There" performed by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
1987 Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager for "That's What Friends Are For" performed by Dionne Warwick & Friends
1986 Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie for "We Are the World"* performed by USA for Africa
1985 Graham Lyle & Terry Britten for "What's Love Got to Do with It"* performed by Tina Turner
1984 Sting for "Every Breath You Take" performed by The Police
1983 Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson for "Always on My Mind" performed by Willie Nelson
1982 Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon for "Bette Davis Eyes"* performed by Kim Carnes
1981 Christopher Cross for "Sailing"* performed by Christopher Cross
1980 Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald for "What a Fool Believes"* performed by The Doobie Brothers


Year Winner Nominations
1979 Billy Joel for "Just the Way You Are"* performed by Billy Joel
1978 Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams for "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" performed by Barbra Streisand

Joe Brooks for "You Light Up My Life" performed by Debby Boone

1977 Bruce Johnston for "I Write the Songs" performed by Barry Manilow
1976 Stephen Sondheim for "Send in the Clowns" performed by Judy Collins
1975 Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch for "The Way We Were" performed by Barbra Streisand
1974 Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox for "Killing Me Softly with His Song"* performed by Roberta Flack
1973 Ewan MacColl for "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"* performed by Roberta Flack
1972 Carole King for "You've Got a Friend" performed by James Taylor & Carole King
1971 Paul Simon for "Bridge over Troubled Water"* performed by Simon & Garfunkel
1970 Joe South for "Games People Play" performed by Joe South


Year Winner Nominations
1969 Bobby Russell for "Little Green Apples" performed by O. C. Smith
1968 Jimmy Webb for "Up, Up and Away"* performed by The 5th Dimension
1967 John Lennon & Paul McCartney for "Michelle" performed by The Beatles
1966 Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel for "The Shadow of Your Smile" performed by Tony Bennett
1965 Jerry Herman for "Hello, Dolly!" performed by Louis Armstrong
1964 Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini for "Days of Wine and Roses"* performed by Andy Williams
1963 Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley for "What Kind of Fool Am I?" performed by Sammy Davis, Jr.
1962 Henry Mancini for "Moon River"* performed by Andy Williams
1961 Ernest Gold for "Theme from Exodus" performed by Various Artists
1960 Jimmy Driftwood for "The Battle of New Orleans" performed by Johnny Horton


Year Winner Nominations
1959 Domenico Modugno for "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)"* performed by Domenico Modugno

*indicates this recording also won Record of the Year.


Every year produces much confusion between the Grammy categories, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist and the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song. Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter who actually created the song in the first place. Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, producer, and recording engineer for that album.



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