Black Reel Award for Best Original or Adapted Song

Here are the winners and nominees of the Black Reel Award for Best Original or Adapted Song. The award goes to the artist and the writers of the song.

Most Wins:

  1. John Legend – 3 wins

Most Nominations:

  1. Beyoncé, John Legend – 4 nominations
  2. Henry Krieger, Ludacris, Alicia Keys – 3 nominations
  3. Eminem, Joe Budden, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Randy Newman, Ne-Yo, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Snoop Dogg, Anika Noni Rose, R. Kelly, Raphael Saadiq, Luis Restro, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Common, Ludwig Gorannson – 2 nominations

Winners and nomineesEdit

Table key
Indicates the winner
Year Performer Title Film Writers Ref.
2nd Annual
Meshell Ndegeocello "Fool of Me" Love & Basketball Meshell Ndegeocello and Federico Pena [1]
Lucy Pearl "Dance Tonight" Love & Basketball Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq
Janet Jackson "Doesn't Really Matter" Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Destiny’s Child "Independent Women" Charlie's Angels Beyoncé, Sam Barnes, Jean-Claude Oliver and Cory Rooney
Donell Jones "I'll Go" Love & Basketball Steve "Silk" Hurley and Rashaan Patterson
R. Kelly "Bad Man" Shaft R. Kelly
3rd Annual
Eric Benet "Love Don't Love Me" The Brothers Eric Benet [2]
Nelly "#1" Training Day Nelly and Waiel Yaghnam
R. Kelly "The World's Greatest" Ali R. Kelly
R.L. "Good Love" The Brothers R.L.
Tyrese Gibson, Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan "Just a Baby Boy" Baby Boy Battlecat, Snoop Dogg and Tyrese Gibson
4th Annual
Erykah Badu & Common "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" Brown Sugar Erykah Badu, Maduwkwu Chinwah, Common, Robert Ozuna, James Poyser, Raphael Saadiq and Glenn Strandrige [3]
Snoop Dogg, Mr. Kane, Bootsy Collins, Quaze and Fred Wesley "Undercova Funk (Give Up the Funk)" Undercover Brother George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dogg and Jerome Brailey
Angie Stone "Bring Me Your Heart" Brown Sugar Hersholt Polk, Angie Stone and Homer Talbert
Beyoncé "Work It Out" Austin Powers in Goldmember Beyoncé, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams
Bow Wow, Fundisha, Fabolous and Jermaine Dupri "Basketball" Like Mike James Barlower, Kurt Blow, Full Force, Robert Ford, James Moore, Shirley Walker and William Waring
5th Annual
Beyoncé and Walter Williams Sr. "He Still Loves Me" The Fighting Temptations Big Jim Wright, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis [4]
Joe Budden "Pump It Up" 2 Fast 2 Furious Robert Bell, Just Blaze, George Brown, Joe Budden, Robert Mickens, Claydes Smith, Dennis Thomas and Richard Westfield
Ludacris "Act a Fool" 2 Fast 2 Furious Ludacris
LL Cool J and Amerie "Paradise" Deliver Us From Eva Amerie, Samuel Barnes, Keni Burke, Allen Felder, LL Cool J, Jean-Claude Olivier, Norma Jean Wright and 50 Cent
Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" Tupac: Resurrection Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., Luis Resto, Tupac Shakur and Edgar Winter
8th Annual
Jennifer Hudson "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" Dreamgirls Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen [5]
Beyoncé "Listen" Dreamgirls Beyoncé, Scott Cutler, Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Jennifer Hudson "I Am Changing" Dreamgirls Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
OutKast "Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me)" Idlewild André 3000
Alicia Keys and Lyfe Jennings "People Get Ready" Glory Road Curtis Mayfield
10th Annual
Anika Noni Rose "Almost There" The Princess and the Frog Randy Newman [6]
Anika Noni Rose "Down in New Orleans" The Princess and the Frog Randy Newman
Ne-Yo "Never Knew I Needed" The Princess and the Frog Ne-Yo
Stew, De'Adre Aziza and Daniel Breaker "Keys" Passing Strange Stew
Mary J. Blige "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" I Can Do Bad All By Myself Mary J. Blige, Chuck Harmony and Ne-Yo
11th Annual
John Legend "Shine" Waiting for Superman John Legend [7]
Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith "Never Say Never" The Karate Kid Justin Bieber, Kuk Harrell, Adam Messinger, Nasri, Omarr Rambert and Jaden Smith
Leona Lewis "I Know Who I Am" For Colored Girls Greg Barnhill, Joanna Cotten and Melissa Manchester
Queen Latifah "Champion" Just Wright Cool & Dre, Queen Latifah and Jazmine Sullivan
Jay Z, Kanye West and Rihanna "Run This Town" Just Wright Jeff Bhasker, Jay Z, No I.D., Rihanna and Kanye West
12th Annual
Mary J. Blige "The Living Proof" The Help Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Thomas Newman and Damon Thomas, [8]
Ludacris and Slaughterhouse "Furiously Dangerous" Fast Five Kon Artis, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Eminem, Ludacris, Joell Ortiz, Luis Resto and Royce da 5'9"
Nicole Beharie "My Last Day Without You" My Last Day Without You Scott Jacoby, Stefan Schaefer and Christoph Silber
Cee-Lo Green and Kenny Wayne Shepherd "Walkin' Blues" Footloose R. L. Burnside
Jamie Foxx "Fly Love" Rio Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett
13th Annual
John Legend "Who Did That to You?" Django Unchained Paul Epworth and John Legend [9]
John Legend and Ludacris "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" Think Like a Man Allen Arthur, Keith Justice, John Legend, Ludacris, Miguel and Clayton Reilly
Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon and Tom Morello "Carry It" The Man with the Iron Fists Travis Barker, Tom Morello, Raekwon and RZA
Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean "No Church in the Wild" Safe House James Brown, Mike Dean, Jay Z, Phil Manzanera, Frank Ocean, Joseph Roach, The-Dream, Kanye West, Gary Wright and 88-Keys
Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston "Celebrate" Sparkle R. Kelly
14th Annual
Judith Hill "Desperation" 20 Feet from Stardom Judith Hill [10]
Fantasia Barrino "In the Middle of the Night" The Butler Fantasia Barrino, Keith McMasters, Abel Terry and Kassim VonRico Washington
Alicia Keys "Queen of the Field (Patsey's Song)" 12 Years a Slave Alicia Keys
Gladys Knight "You & I Ain't No More" The Butler Lenny Kravitz
Pharrell Williams "Happy" Despicable Me 2 Pharrell Williams
15th Annual
Common and John Legend "Glory" Selma Common, John Legend and Rhymefest [11]
Questlove and Eliza Colby "It Ain't Easy" Top Five Eliza Colby and Questlove
Janelle Monáe "What is Love" Rio 2 Janelle Monáe, Nathaniel Irvin III and Roman Irvin
Rita Ora "Grateful" Beyond the Lights Diane Warren
Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar "It's On Again" The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer
16th Annual
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth "See You Again" Furious 7 Andrew Cedar, DJ Frank E, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth [11]
Tessa Thompson "Grip" Creed Sam Dew, Ludwig Göransson and Tessa Thompson
Childish Gambino, Vince Staples and Jhené Aiko "Waiting for My Moment" Creed Ryan Coogler, Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson and Vince Staples
The Weeknd "Earned It" Fifty Shades of Grey The Weeknd, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Belly
Dr. Dre "Talking to My Diary" Straight Outta Compton Dr. Dre, Russell Brown, Camille Clerc and François de Roubaix
19th Annual
Kendrick Lamar & SZA "All the Stars" Black Panther Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Solána Rowe, and Anthony Tiffith
The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar "Pray for Me Black Panther Abel Tesfaye, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Adam Feeney, Jason Quenneville and Martin McKinney
Arlissa "We Won’t Move" The Hate U Give Arlissa Ruppert, Jessica Karpov, Kevin White and Mike Woods
Khalid and Normani "Love Lies" Love, Simon Khalid Robinson, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Jamil Chammas, Ryan Vojtesak, Tayla Parks
Jennifer Hudson "I’ll Fight" RBG Diane Warren


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