Grammy Award for Best Music Film
The Grammy Award for Best Music Film is an accolade presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally named the Gramophone Awards, to performers, directors, and producers of quality videos or musical programs. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". In order to qualify for this category, concert/performance films or music documentaries must be released theatrically or for sale to the public for the first time or first appearing on television or online during the current eligibility year. Dramatic feature films and biopics are not eligible.
|Grammy Award for Best Music Film|
|Awarded for||Quality long form music videos|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|Currently held by||Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2021)|
The category was preceded by the Grammy Award for Video of the Year, which was presented in 1982 and 1983, awarding long form videos (or video albums as they were known back then) in the budding music video market. Along with the similar honor Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, this award was first presented in 1984. From 1984 to 1985, the accolade was known as Best Video Album, but in 1986, it was renamed to Best Music Video, Long Form. From 1998 to 2012, it was named Best Long Form Music Video, before changing to Best Music Film since 2013.
In 1988 and 1989, the award criteria were changed and the video accolades were presented under the categories Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video. The awards were returned to the original format in 1990. Except in 1988 and 1989, the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video recipients included the artists, directors, and producers associated with the winning videos. The Best Music Film category is one of two categories in the Best Music Video/Film Field. The other one is Best Music Video, which recognises stand-alone videos of one song or performance.
Singers Madonna and Sting hold the record for the most wins as a performer in this category, with two each, while there have been three films about The Beatles among the winners. However, in two instances, The Beatles were not recognized as individual winners. To date, three directors won the award twice: David Mallet, Jonas Akerlund and Bob Smeaton. Beyoncé holds the record for the most nominations with five. The British pop rock group Eurythmics and Coldplay hold the record for the most nominations as a performer without a win, with three each. Although Beyoncé also holds three losing nominations, she won with her fourth nomination with Homecoming in 2020.
In 1984 and 1985, only the artists were presented with an award. In 1986 the award went to the artist(s) and the video director(s). From 1987 onwards, the award has been presented to the artist(s), video director(s) and video producer(s). (Nominations list performing artists only).
|1984||Duran Duran||Duran Duran||N/A||N/A|||
|1985||Making Michael Jackson's Thriller||Michael Jackson||N/A||N/A|||
|1986||Huey Lewis & The News: The Heart of Rock 'n Roll||Huey Lewis and the News||Bruce Gowers||N/A|||
|1987||Bring on the Night||Sting||Michael Apted||Sting|||
|1990||Rhythm Nation 1814||Janet Jackson||Dominic Sena, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris||Aris McGarry, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris|||
|1991||Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: The Movie||MC Hammer||Rupert Wainwright||John Oetjen|||
|1992||Madonna: Live! – Blond Ambition World Tour 90||Madonna||David Mallet
Mark "Aldo" Miceli
|1993||Diva||Annie Lennox||Sophie Muller||Rob Small|||
|1994||Ten Summoner's Tales||Sting||Doug Nichol||Julie Fong|||
|1995||Zoo TV: Live from Sydney||U2||David Mallet||Ned O'Hanlon and Rocky Oldham|||
|1996||Secret World Live||Peter Gabriel||François Girard||Robert Warr|||
|1997||The Beatles Anthology||The Beatles||Bob Smeaton
|Chips Chipperfield and Neil Aspinall|||
|1998||Jagged Little Pill, Live||Alanis Morissette||Alanis Morissette
|Alanis Morissette, David May, Glen Ballard, and Steve Purcell|||
|1999||American Masters: Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart||Lou Reed||Timothy Greenfield-Sanders||Karen Bernstein, Susan Lacy, Tamar Hacker, and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders|||
|2000||Band of Gypsys: Live at Fillmore East||Jimi HendrixIV||Bob Smeaton||Chips Chipperfield and Neil Aspinall|||
|2001||Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album||John LennonIV||Andrew Solt||Andrew Solt, Greg Vines, Leslie Tong, and Yoko Ono|||
|2002||Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks||Mel Brooks||Susan Froemke||Peter Gelb and Susan Froemke|||
|2003||Westway to the World||The Clash||Don Letts||N/A|||
|2004||Legend||Sam CookeIV||N/A[V]||Mary Wharton, Mick Gochanour, and Robin Klein|||
|2005||Concert for George||Various artistsIV||David Leland||Jon Kamen, Olivia Harrison, and Ray Cooper||
|2006||No Direction Home||Bob DylanIV||Martin Scorsese||Anthony Wall, Jeff Rosen, Margaret Bodde, Martin Scorsese, Nigel Sinclair, and Susan Lacy|||
|2007||Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run||Bruce Springsteen||Thom Zimny||Thom Zimny|||
|2008||The Confessions Tour||Madonna||Jonas Åkerlund||David May and Sara Martin|||
|2009||Runnin' Down a Dream||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||Peter Bogdanovich||George Drakoulias and Skot Bright|||
|2010||The Beatles Love – All Together Now||The Beatles and Cirque du SoleilIV||Adrian Wills||Jonathan Clyde and Martin Bolduc|||
|2011||When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors||The DoorsIV||Tom DiCillo||Dick Wolf, Jeff Jampol, John Beug, and Peter Jankowski|||
|2012||Back and Forth||Foo Fighters||James Moll||James Moll and Nigel Sinclair|
|2013||Big Easy Express||Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show||Emmett Malloy||Bryan Ling, Mike Luba, and Tim Lynch|
|2014||Live Kisses||Paul McCartney||Jonas Akerlund|
|2015||20 Feet from Stardom||Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill||Morgan Neville||Gil Friesen and Caitlin Rogers|
|2016||Amy||Amy WinehouseIV||Asif Kapadia||James Gay-Rees|
|2017||The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years||The BeatlesIV||Ron Howard||Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci, Nigel Sinclair|
|2018||The Defiant Ones||Various artistsIV||Allen Hughes||Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams|
|2019||Quincy||Quincy Jones||Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones||Paula DuPré Pesmen|
|2020||Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé||Beyoncé||Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke||Steve Pamon & Erinn Williams|
|2021||The Sound of My Voice||Linda Ronstadt||Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman||Michele Farinola & James Keach||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Director(s) are only indicated if they were presented a Grammy Award.
^[III] Award was not presented. Music video categories presented that year included Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video.
^[IV] Award not presented to the performing artist (only to video director(s) and video producer(s))
^[V] Director unknown; award presented to video producers only
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- 2021 Nominations List