Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song

The Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song is an award category at the annual Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality songs in the American Roots Music genres such as blues, bluegrass, folk, Americana, and regional roots music. 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".[2]

Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song
Awarded forquality songwriting in the American Roots subgenres (folk, bluegrass, regional roots music, etc.)
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2014
Currently held byPat McLaughlin & John Prine, "I Remember Everything" (2021)

The award was first approved by the Board of Trustees of the Grammy Awards in Spring 2013.[3]

As with all other songwriting awards at the Grammy's, the award for Best American Roots Song goes to the songwriters of the winning song, not to the artist(s) (except if the artist is also the songwriter).

The award was first presented at the 2014 Grammy Awards ceremony to Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, the songwriters of the awarded song.[4]


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)
2014 Edie Brickell and Steve Martin "Love Has Come for You" Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
2015 Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal "A Feather's Not a Bird" Rosanne Cash
2016 Jason Isbell "24 Frames" Jason Isbell
2017 Vince Gill "Kid Sister" The Time Jumpers
2018 Jason Isbell "If We Were Vampires" Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
2019 Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth "The Joke" Brandi Carlile
2020 Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins "Call My Name" I'm with Her
2021 Pat McLaughlin & John Prine "I Remember Everything" John Prine (posthumous)

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. ^ Lawless, John (June 8, 2013). "Grammy announces Best American Roots Song category". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Steve Martin And Edie Brickell Win Best American Roots Song". Grammy Award. January 26, 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
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  6. ^ List of Nominees 2015
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  10. ^ [, 7 December 2018
  11. ^ 2020 Grammy Awards nominations list
  12. ^ 2021 Nominations List