Grammy Award for Best R&B Song

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (sometimes known as the R&B Songwriter's Award) has been awarded since 1969. From 1969 to 2000 it was known as the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song. The award is given to the songwriter(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s) (except if the songwriter is also the performing artist). Beyoncé has won it a record four times, while Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Alicia Keys have three wins each.

Grammy Award for Best R&B Song
Awarded forquality R&B songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1969
Currently held byLarrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, "Boo'd Up" (2019)

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


An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Song of the Year.
Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)
1969 Otis Redding
Steve Cropper
"(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding
1970 Richard Lewis Spencer "Color Him Father" The Winstons
1971 Ronald Dunbar
General Johnson
"Patches" Clarence Carter
1972 Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers
1973 Barrett Strong
Norman Whitfield
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" The Temptations [5]
1974 Stevie Wonder "Superstition" Stevie Wonder [6]
1975 Stevie Wonder "Living for the City" Stevie Wonder
1976 Harry Wayne Casey
Willie Clarke
Richard Finch
Betty Wright
"Where Is the Love" Betty Wright
1977 Boz Scaggs
David Paich
"Lowdown" Boz Scaggs [8]
1978 Leo Sayer
Vini Poncia
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" Leo Sayer [9]
1979 Paul Jabara "Last Dance" Donna Summer [10]
1980 David Foster
Jay Graydon
Bill Champlin
"After the Love Has Gone" Earth, Wind & Fire [11]
1981 Reggie Lucas
James Mtume
"Never Knew Love Like This Before" Stephanie Mills [12]
1982 Bill Withers
William Salter
Ralph MacDonald
"Just the Two of Us" Grover Washington Jr. & Bill Withers [13]
1983 Jay Graydon
Steve Lukather
Bill Champlin
"Turn Your Love Around" George Benson
1984 Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson
1985 Prince "I Feel For You" Chaka Khan
1986 Jeffrey Cohen
Narada Michael Walden
"Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin
1987 Anita Baker
Louis A. Johnson
Gary Bias
"Sweet Love" Anita Baker [18]
1988 Bill Withers "Lean on Me" Club Nouveau
1989 Anita Baker
Randy Holland
Skip Scarborough
"Giving You the Best That I Got" Anita Baker
1990 Kenny Gamble
Leon Huff
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" Simply Red [21]
1991 MC Hammer
Rick James
Alonzo Miller
"U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer
1992 Marcus Miller
Luther Vandross
Teddy Vann
"Power of Love/Love Power" Luther Vandross [23]
1993 Babyface
L.A. Reid
Daryl Simmons
"End of the Road" Boyz II Men [24]
1994 Janet Jackson
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
"That's the Way Love Goes" Janet Jackson
1995 Babyface "I'll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men [26]
1996 Stevie Wonder "For Your Love" Stevie Wonder
1997 Babyface "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" Whitney Houston [28]
1998 R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly [29]
1999 Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill [30]
2000 Kandi Burruss
Kevin Briggs
Tameka Cottle
"No Scrubs" TLC
2001 Beyoncé
Rodney Jerkins
LaShawn Daniels
Fred Jerkins III
LeToya Luckett
LaTavia Roberson
Kelly Rowland
"Say My Name" Destiny's Child
2002 Alicia Keys "Fallin'" * Alicia Keys [33]
2003 Erykah Badu
Glenn Standridge
James Poyser
Madukwu Chinwah
Raphael Saadiq
Lonnie Lynn
Robert Ozuna
"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" Erykah Badu featuring Common
  • Michael Archer, Bobby Ozuna, Raphael Saadiq & Glenn Standridge for "Be Here" (Raphael Saadiq featuring D'Angelo)
  • Marsha Ambrosius, Darren "Limitless" Henson, Keith "Keshon" Pelzer & Natalie Stewart for "Floetic" (Floetry)
  • Will Baker, Andrew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders & India Simpson for "Good Man" (India.Arie)
  • Remy Shand for "Take a Message" (Remy Shand)
2004 Beyoncé
Jay Z
Rich Harrison
"Crazy in Love" Beyoncé featuring Jay Z [35]
2005 Alicia Keys
Harold Lilly
Kanye West
"You Don't Know My Name" Alicia Keys [36]
2006 Mariah Carey
Johnta Austin
Manuel Seal, Jr.
Jermaine Dupri
"We Belong Together" Mariah Carey [37]
2007 Bryan Michael Cox
Jason Perry
Johnta Austin
Mary J. Blige
"Be Without You" Mary J. Blige [38]
2008 Alicia Keys
Dirty Harry
Kerry "Krucial" Brothers
"No One" Alicia Keys
2009 Mikkel Eriksen
Tor Hermansen
"Miss Independent" Ne-Yo
2010 Thaddis Harrell
Beyoncé Knowles
Terius Nash
Christopher Stewart
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" * Beyoncé
2011 John Legend "Shine" John Legend & The Roots
2012 Cee Lo Green
Melanie Fiona
Jack Splash
"Fool for You" Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona
2013 Miguel Pimentel "Adorn" Miguel [43]
2014 James Fauntleroy
Jerome Harmon
Timothy Mosley
Justin Timberlake
"Pusher Love Girl" Justin Timberlake
2015 Shawn Carter
Rasool Diaz
Noel Fisher
Jerome Harmon
Beyoncé Knowles
Timothy Mosley
Andre Eric Protor
Brian Soto
"Drunk In Love" Beyoncé (featuring Jay Z)
2016 D'Angelo
Gina Figueroa
Kendra Foster
"Really Love" D'Angelo & The Vanguard
2017 Hod David
"Lake by the Ocean" Maxwell [47]
2018 Christopher Brody Brown
James Fauntleroy
Philip Lawrence
Bruno Mars
Ray Charles McCullough II
Jeremy Reeves
Ray Romulus
Jonathan Yip
"That's What I Like" * Bruno Mars
2019 Larrance Dopson
Joelle James
Ella Mai
Dijon McFarlane
Boo'd Up Ella Mai
  • ^[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.

Category facts

  • Most Wins:
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Beyoncé Stevie Wonder
Alicia Keys
Bill Withers
Johnta Austin
Anita Baker
Jay Graydon
Jay Z
Total Wins 4 wins 3 wins 2 wins
  • Most Nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Babyface Stevie Wonder Beyoncé
Leon Huff
Luther Vandross
Rodney Jerkins
L.A. Reid
Daryl Simmons
Alicia Keys
Richard Finch
Erykah Badu
Total Nominations 14 nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations

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