Chris Stapleton Wins Best Country Song At Grammys: See Winners From The Last 20 Years

Grab your hat, your horse, and your guitar. Here’s a look back at all the artists who have won Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards – from Chris Stapleton to Taylor Swift and beyond!

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The Grammy Awards continue to be the biggest night in music, honoring all sorts of genres and styles – including country music! Once called “Country and Western,” the genre that has given birth to Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Mickey Guyton, Vince Gill and so many more. The Grammys celebrates country music’s brightest songwriters – those busy music maestros who work hard behind the scenes – with the annual Best Country Song award.

It took the Recording Academy a few years before it started to celebrate the actual composition of the best Country song at its annual awards show. At the first Grammys in 1959, the ceremony awarded Best Country & Western Performance to The Kingston Trio for “Tom Dooley.” The first award for country music craftsmanship came in 1965 at the 7th Annual Grammy Awards. The first Best Country & Western Song was given to Roger Miller’s “Dang Me.” He would win again in 1966 for “King of the Road.” Roger also won the first Grammy for a country album. His Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug won the Best Country & Western Album.

In 1969, the category was changed to Best Country Song. In 1984, it was briefly titled “Best New Country Song” (Mike Reid, winning for Ronnie Milsap’s “Stranger In My House.”) Afterward, it was changed back to Best Country Song.

There have been some noteworthy winners of Best Country Song over the past half-decade. Shel Silverstein, the author and cartoonist best known for The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, won the award in 1970 for Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue.” Kris Kristofferson won in 1972 for Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” Willie Nelson won in 1981 for “On The Road Again,” and the following year, Dolly Parton claimed the award with “9 to 5.” In 1986, Jimmy Webb’s song for The Highwaymen (“Highwayman”) won the Best Country Song Grammy. Thirty-five years later, The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table” won the award for Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, and Lori McKenna. 

This Year’s Nominees 

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards nominees for Best Country Song are a mix of performers and celebrated songwriters. Marren Morris’s “Better Than We Found It” is up for the award, and the song was written by Marren, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz. Kacey Musgraves’ “Camera Roll” is also nominated, and that song was created by Kacey, Ian Fitchuk, and Daniel Tashian. Chris Stapleton’s “Cold” was the one to bring home the gold, though, for Chris, Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, and Derek Mixon.

“Country Again,” by Thomas Rett, scored a Best Country Song nomination for Rhett, Zach Crowell, and Ashley Gorley. Mickey Guyton also scored a nomination for “Remember Her Name.” The song’s other writers — Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram, and Parker Welling — are also nominated for the track. Finally, “Fancy Like,” the Walker Hayes song that has been in so many TikToks, is up for the Best Country Song Grammy. If it wins, Walker, Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins, and Shane Stevens will all walk away with some new hardware.

All Recent Best Country Song Winners

Here is a rundown of the recent winners and nominees for Best Country Song. The songwriters are listed ahead of the song title, with the song’s performer in parentheses.

2022: Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon, Chris Stapleton, “Cold” (Chris Stapleton)

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Chris Stapleton wins Best Country Song at the Grammys. (Chris Pizzello/AP/Shutterstock)
  • Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz  “Better Than We Found It” (Maren Morris)
  • Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian, “Camera Roll” (Kacey Musgraves)
  • Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley, Thomas Rhett, “Country Again” (Thomas Rhett)
  • Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins, Shane Stevens, “Fancy Like” (Walker Hayes)
  • Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram, Parker Welling, “Remember Her Name” (Mickey Guyton)

2021: Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, “Crowded Table” (The Highwomen)

  • Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, “Bluebird” (Miranda Lambert)
  • Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, “The Bones” (Maren Morris)
  • Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, “More Hearts Than Mine” (Ingrid Andress)
  • Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, “Some People Do” (Old Dominion)
  • Brandi Carlile in 2021 (Shutterstock

2020: Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, “Bring My Flowers Now” (Tanya Tucker)

  • Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” (Ashley McBryde)
  • Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose, “It All Comes Out in the Wash” (Miranda Lambert)
  • Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, & Bobby Pinson, “Some of It” (Eric Church)
  • Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers, & Laura Veltz, “Speechless” (Dan + Shay)

2019: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, “Space Cowboys” (Kacey Musgraves)

  • Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, & Jon Nite, “Break Up in the End” (Cole Swindell)
  • Tom Douglas, David Hodges, & Maren Morris, “Dear Hate” (Maren Morris with Vince Gill)
  • Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, & Ben Hayslip, “I Lived It” (Blake Shelton)
  • Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, & Dan Smyers, “Tequila” (Dan + Shay)
  • Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill, & Lori McKenna, “When Someone Stops Loving You” (Little Big Town)

2018: Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, “Broken Halos” (Chris Stapleton)

  • Taylor Swift, “Better Man” (Little Big Town)
  • Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, & Josh Osborne, “Body Like a Back Road” (Sam Hunt)
  • Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, & Mark Wystrach, “Drinkin’ Problem” (Midland)
  • Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, & Jon Randall, “Tin Man” (Miranda Lambert)

2017: Lori McKenna, “Humble and Kind” (Tim McGraw)

  • Clint Langenberg, Hillary Lindsey, & Steven Lee Olsen, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (Keith Urban)
  • Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, & Joe Spargur, “Die a Happy Man” (Thomas Rhett)
  • Michael James Ryan Busbee, & Maren Morris, “My Church” (Maren Morris)
  • Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, & Josh Osborne, “Vice” (Miranda Lambert)

2016: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, “Girl Crush” (Little Big Town)

  • Hayes Carll, “Chances Are” (Lee Ann Womack)
  • Barry Dean, Luke Laird, & Jonathan Singleton, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” (Tim McGraw)
  • Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones, “Hold My Hand” (Brandy Clark)
  • Chris Stapleton, “Traveller” (Chris Stapleton)

2015: Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell)

  • Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, & Shane McAnally, “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney)
  • Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, & Miranda Lambert, “Automatic” (Miranda Lambert)
  • Eric Church & Luke Laird, “Give Me Back My Hometown” (Eric Church)
  • Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, & Jeffrey Steele, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” (Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill)
Glen Campbell in 2012 (Shutterstock)

2014: Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, “Merry Go ‘Round” (Kacey Musgraves)

  • Taylor Swift, “Begin Again” (Taylor Swift)
  • Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, & Jimmy Yeary, “I Drive Your Truck” (Lee Brice)
  • Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, & Kacey Musgraves, “Mama’s Broken Heart” (Miranda Lambert)
  • Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, & Deric Ruttan, “Mine Would Be You” (Blake Shelton)

2013: Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, “Blown Away” (Carrie Underwood)

  • Philip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin'” (Ronnie Dunn)
  • Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band)
  • Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” (Alan Jackson)
  • Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, & Ryan Tyndell, “Springsteen” (Eric Church)

2012: Taylor Swift, “Mean” (Taylor Swift)

  • Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (Thompson Square)
  • Dave Barnes, “God Gave Me You” (Blake Shelton)
  • Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell, & Ed Hill, “Just Fishin'” (Trace Adkins)
  • Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley, & Dillan O’Brian, “Threaten Me with Heaven” (Vince Gill)
  • Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, “You and Tequila” (Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter)
Taylor Swift In 2012 (Shutterstock)

2011: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, “Need You Now” (Lady A)

  • Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon, & Jessie Jo Dillon, “The Breath You Take” (George Strait)
  • Zac Brown, “Free” (Zac Brown Band)
  • Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert)
  • Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate, & Sam Tate, “I’d Love to Be Your Last” (Gretchen Wilson)
  • Kimberly Perry, “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry)

2010: Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, “White Horse” (Taylor Swift)

  • Casey Beathard & Tim James for “All I Ask For Anymore” (Trace Adkins)
  • Jamey Johnson & James T. Slater for “High Cost of Living” (Jamey Johnson)
  • Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, & Hillary Scott for “I Run to You” (Lady Antebellum)
  • Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones for “People Are Crazy” (Billy Currington)

2009: Jennifer Nettles, “Stay” (Sugarland)

  • Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan for “Dig Two Graves” (Randy Travis)
  • Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell, & Wade Kirby for “I Saw God Today” (George Strait)
  • Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, & James Otto for “In Color” (Jamey Johnson)
  • Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller for “You’re Gonna Miss This” (Trace Adkins)

2008: Chris Tompkins & Josh Kear, “Before He Cheats” (Carrie Underwood)

  • Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, & Jamey Johnson for “Give It Away” (George Strait)
  • Tony Lane & David Lee for “I Need You” (Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill)
  • Tim McGraw, Brad Warren & Brett Warren for “If You’re Reading This” (Tim McGraw)
  • Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, & Steve Bogard for “Long Trip Alone” (Dierks Bentley)

2007: Hillary Lindsey, Bret James & Gordie Sampson, “Jesus, Take The Wheel” (Carrie Underwood)

  • Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, & Steve Bogard for “Every Mile a Memory” (Dierks Bentley)
  • Matraca Berg & Jim Collins for “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today” (Gretchen Wilson)
  • Melanie Castleman & Robert Lee Castleman for “Like Red on a Rose” (Alan Jackson)
  • Steve Robson & Jeffrey Steele for “What Hurts the Most” (Rascal Flatts)
Carrie Underwood at the 2007 Grammys (Shutterstock)

2006: Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon, “Bless The Broken Road” (Rascal Flatts)

  • Brad Paisley, “Alcohol” (Brad Paisley)
  • Vicky McGehee, John Rich, & Gretchen Wilson, “All Jacked Up” (Gretchen Wilson)
  • Keb Mo‘, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines & Emily Robison, “I Hope” (Dixie Chicks)
  • Odie Blackmon, “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” (Lee Ann Womack)

2005: Tim Nochols & Craig Wiseman, “Live Like You Were Dying” (Tim McGraw)

  • Rodney Crowell & Vince Gill, “It’s Hard to Kiss The Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long” (Notorious Cherry Bombs)
  • Loretta Lynn, “Miss Being Mrs.” (Loretta Lynn)
  • Loretta Lynn & Allen Shamblin, “Portland Oregon” (Loretta Lynn & Jack White)
  • John Rich & Gretchen Wilson, “Redneck Woman” (Gretchen Wilson)

2004: Jim “Moose” Brown & Don Rollins, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett)

  • Scotty Emerick & Toby Keith, “Beer for My Horses” (Willie Nelson & Toby Keith)
  • Brad Paisley, “Celebrity” (Brad Paisley)
  • Robert John “Mutt” Lange & Shania Twain, “Forever And For Always” (Shania Twain)
  • Pat Green, David Neuhauser, & Justin Pollard, “Wave on Wave” (Pat Green)

2003: Alan Jackson, “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” (Alan Jackson)

  • Kelley Lovelace & Lee Thomas Miller for “The Impossible” (Joe Nichols)
  • Darrell Scott, “Long Time Gone” (Dixie Chicks)
  • Matt Serletic & Bernie Taupin, “Mendocino County Line” (Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack)
  • Radney Foster & Pat Green, “Three Days” (Pat Green)

2002: Robert Lee Castleman, “The Lucky One” (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

Alison Krauss in 2002 (Shutterstock)
  • Gary Baker, Richie McDonald, & Frank Myers, “I’m Already There” (Lonestar)
  • Steven Dale Jones & Bobby Tomberlin, “One More Day” (Diamond Rio)
  • Lisa Drew, Jamie O’Neal, & Shaye Smith, “There Is No Arizona” (Jamie O’Neal)
  • Roxie Dean, Jamie O’Neal, & Sonny Tillis, “When I Think About Angels” (Jamie O’Neal)

2001: Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers, “I Hope You Dance” (Lee Ann Womack)

  • Stephanie Bentley & Holly Lamar, “Breathe” (Faith Hill)
  • Vince Gill, “Feels Like Love” (Vince Gill)
  • Don Cook & David Malloy, “One Voice” (Billy Gilman)
  • Michael Dulaney & Keith Follese, “The Way You Love Me” (Faith Hill)

2000: Robert John “Mutt” Lange & Shania Twain, “Come On Over” (Shania Twain)

  • Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, & Aimee Mayo, “Amazed” (Lonestar)
  • Mike Curtis & Billy Yates “Choices” (George Jones)
  • Marcus Hummon & Martie Seidel, “Ready to Run” (Dixie Chicks)
  • Bill Anderson & Steve Wariner, “Two Teardrops” (Steve Wariner)

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