Grammy Award for Best R&B Song

The Grammy Award for Best RandB Song (sometimes known as the RandB 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. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for music released in the previous year. Four songwriters have won this award three times, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Alicia Keys, whilst Beyoncé has won it a record four times.

The Grammy is awarded to the songwriter(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s) (except if the songwriter is also the performing artist).


An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Song of the Year.
Year[I] Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees Ref.
1969 Otis Redding
Steve Cropper
"(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding [1]
1970 Richard Lewis Spencer "Color Him Father" The Winstons [2]
1971 Ronald Dunbar
General Johnson
"Patches" Clarence Carter [3]
1972 Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers [4]
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 [7]
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 and 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. and Bill Withers [13]
1983 Jay Graydon
Steve Lukather
Bill Champlin
"Turn Your Love Around" George Benson [14]
1984 Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson [15]
1985 Prince "I Feel For You" Chaka Khan [16]
1986 Jeffrey Cohen
Narada Michael Walden
"Freeway of Love" Aretha Franklin [17]
1987 Anita Baker
Louis A. Johnson
Gary Bias
"Sweet Love" Anita Baker [18]
1988 Bill Withers "Lean on Me" Club Nouveau [19]
1989 Anita Baker
Randy Holland
Skip Scarborough
"Giving You the Best That I Got" Anita Baker [20]
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 [22]
1993 Babyface
L.A. Reid
Daryl Simmons
"End of the Road" Boyz II Men [23]
1994 Janet Jackson
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
"That's the Way Love Goes" Janet Jackson [24]
1995 Babyface "I'll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men [25]
1996 Stevie Wonder "For Your Love" Stevie Wonder [26]
1997 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" Whitney Houston [27]
1998 R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly [28]
1999 Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill [29]
2000 Kandi Burruss
Kevin Briggs
Tameka Cottle
"No Scrubs" TLC [30]
2001 Beyoncé
Rodney Jerkins
LaShawn Daniels
Fred Jerkins III
LaTavia Roberson
Kelly Rowland
"Say My Name" Destiny's Child [31]
2002 Alicia Keys "Fallin'" * Alicia Keys [32]
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 and Glenn Standridge for "Be Here"
    performed by Raphael Saadiq featuring D'Angelo
  • Marsha Ambrosius, Darren "Limitless" Henson, Keith "Keshon" Pelzer and Natalie Stewart for "Floetic"
    performed by Floetry
  • Will Baker, Andrew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders and India Simpson for "Good Man"
    performed by India.Arie
  • Remy Shand for "Take a Message"
    performed by Remy Shand
2004 Beyoncé
Jay Z
Rich Harrison
"Crazy in Love" Beyoncé featuring Jay Z [34]
2005 Alicia Keys
Harold Lilly
Kanye West
"You Don't Know My Name" Alicia Keys [35]
2006 Jermaine Dupri
Johnta Austin
Manuel Seal, Jr.
Mariah Carey
"We Belong Together" Mariah Carey [36]
2007 Bryan Michael Cox
Jason Perry
Johnta Austin
Mary J. Blige
"Be Without You" Mary J. Blige [37]
2008 Alicia Keys
Dirty Harry
Kerry "Krucial" Brothers
"No One" Alicia Keys [38]
2009 Mikkel Eriksen
Tor Hermansen
"Miss Independent" Ne-Yo [39]
2010 Thaddis Harrell
Beyoncé Knowles
Terius Nash
Christopher Stewart
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" * Beyoncé [40]
2011 John Legend "Shine" John Legend and The Roots [41]
2012 Cee Lo Green
Melanie Fiona
Jack Splash
"Fool for You" Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona [42]
2013 Miguel Pimentel "Adorn" Miguel [42]
2014 James Fauntleroy
Jerome Harmon
Timothy Mosley
Justin Timberlake
"Pusher Love Girl" Justin Timberlake [43]
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) [44]
2016 D'Angelo
Gina Figueroa
Kendra Foster
"Really Love" D'Angelo and The Vanguard


Category facts

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
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Babyface Stevie Wonder Beyoncé
Leon Huff
Luther Vandross
Rodney Jerkins
L.A. Reid
Alicia Keys
Prince (singer)
Daryl Simmons
Richard Finch
Total Nominations 14 nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations

See also


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