Grammy Award For Best Country Song
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Grammy Award For Best Country Song

The Grammy Award for "'Best Country Song"' (sometimes known as the Country Songwriter's Award) has been awarded since 1965. The award is given to the writer(s) of the song, not to the artist, except if the artist is also the songwriter.

There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

  • From 1965 to 1968 it was known as "'Best Country & Western Song"'
  • From 1969 to 1983 it was awarded as "'Best Country Song"'
  • In 1984 it was awarded as "'Best New Country Song "'
  • From 1985 to the present it has again been awarded as "'Best Country Song"'

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for music released in the previous year.


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
2018 Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton

2017 Lori McKenna "Humble and Kind" Tim McGraw

2016 Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose "Girl Crush" Little Big Town

2015 Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" Glen Campbell [3]
2014 Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne "Merry Go 'Round" Kacey Musgraves [4]
2013 Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins "Blown Away" Carrie Underwood

2012 Taylor Swift "Mean" Taylor Swift

2011 Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum

2010 Liz Rose & Taylor Swift "White Horse" Taylor Swift


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
2009 Jennifer Nettles "Stay" Sugarland

2008 Chris Tompkins & Josh Kear "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood

2007 Hillary Lindsey, Brett James & Gordie Sampson "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Carrie Underwood

2006 Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon "Bless the Broken Road" Rascal Flatts

2005 Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman "Live Like You Were Dying" Tim McGraw

2004 Jim "Moose" Brown & Don Rollins "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

2003 Alan Jackson "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" Alan Jackson

2002 Robert Lee Castleman "The Lucky One" Alison Krauss & Union Station
2001 Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers "I Hope You Dance" Lee Ann Womack

2000 Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain "Come On Over" Shania Twain


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1999 Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain "You're Still the One" Shania Twain

1998 Bob Carlisle & Randy Thomas "Butterfly Kisses" Bob Carlisle, Jeff Carson & the Raybon Brothers

1997 Bill Mack "Blue" LeAnn Rimes

1996 Vince Gill "Go Rest High on That Mountain" Vince Gill

1995 Gary Baker & Frank J. Myers "I Swear" John Michael Montgomery

1994 Lucinda Williams "Passionate Kisses" Mary Chapin Carpenter

1993 Vince Gill & John Barlow Jarvis "I Still Believe in You" Vince Gill

1992 John Barlow Jarvis, Naomi Judd & Paul Overstreet "Love Can Build a Bridge" The Judds

1991 Don Henry & Jon Vezner "Where've You Been" Kathy Mattea

1990 Rodney Crowell "After All This Time" Rodney Crowell


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1989 K. T. Oslin "Hold Me" K. T. Oslin

1988 Paul Overstreet & Don Schlitz "Forever and Ever, Amen" Randy Travis

1987 Jamie O'Hara "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" The Judds

1986 Jimmy Webb "Highwayman" The Highwaymen

1985 Steve Goodman "City of New Orleans" Willie Nelson

1984 Mike Reid "Stranger in My House" Ronnie Milsap

1983 Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher & Mark James "Always on My Mind" Willie Nelson

1982 Dolly Parton "9 to 5" Dolly Parton

1981 Willie Nelson "On the Road Again" Willie Nelson

1980 Debbie Hupp & Bob Morrison "You Decorated My Life" Kenny Rogers


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1979 Don Schlitz "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers
1978 Richard Leigh "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" Crystal Gayle
1977 Larry Gatlin "Broken Lady" Larry Gatlin

1976 Chips Moman & Larry Butler "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" B. J. Thomas

1975 Norro Wilson & Billy Sherrill "A Very Special Love Song" Charlie Rich
1974 Kenny O'Dell "Behind Closed Doors" Charlie Rich

1973 Ben Peters "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" Charley Pride
1972 Kris Kristofferson "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Sammi Smith
1971 Marty Robbins "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" Marty Robbins

1970 Shel Silverstein "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parentheses)
1969 Bobby Russell "Little Green Apples" Roger Miller

1968 John Hartford "Gentle on My Mind" Glen Campbell

1967 Billy Sherrill & Glenn Sutton "Almost Persuaded" David Houston

1966 Roger Miller "King of the Road" Roger Miller

1965 Roger Miller "Dang Me" Roger Miller


  1. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ List of Nominees 2017
  3. ^ a b List of Nominees 2015
  4. ^ 2014 Nominees

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