Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BMI – Song of the Year Awards, 1981-2018

Originally posted 4/6/2019.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) was founded in 1939 to represent songwriters in multiple musical genres. They have grown to be the largest music rights organization in the United States, representing 14 million musical works created and owned by over 900,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

The BMI Awards got their start in 1952 when the organization launched a pop music award. They have since held awards annually for pop and other genres.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be an online listing of recipients of the awards. Even the searchable BMI website fails to uncover any complete listings. Here’s the awards assembled as best as possible, dating back only to 1981.

  • 2018 country: Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”
  • 2018 pop: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2018 R&B: The Weeknd “I Feel It Coming”
  • 2017 country: Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”
  • 2017 pop: Shawn Mendes “Stitches”
  • 2017 R&B: G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha “Me, Myself & I”
  • 2016 country: Thomas Rhett “Die a Happy Man”
  • 2016 pop: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2016 R&B: Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again
  • 2015 country: Brett Eldredge “Beat of the Music”
  • 2015 pop: John Legend “All of Me
  • 2015 R&B: John Legend “All of Me
  • 2014 country: Darius Rucker “Wagon Wheel”
  • 2014 pop: The Lumineers “Ho Hey”
  • 2014 urban: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”
  • 2013 country: Hunter Hayes “Wanted”
  • 2013 pop: Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger
  • 2013 urban: Nicki Minaj “Starships
  • 2012 country: Rodney Atkins “Take a Back Road”
  • 2012 pop: Adele “Rolling in the Deep
  • 2012 urban: Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
  • 2011 country: Josh Turner “All Over Me”
  • 2011 pop: Katy Perry “Firework
  • 2011 urban: B.o.B. with Bruno Mars “Nothin’ on You”
  • 2010 country: Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me
  • 2010 pop: Taylor Swift “Love Story
  • 2010 urban: Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow
  • 2010 country: Taylor Swift “Love Story

  • 2009 pop: Colbie Caillat “Bubbly”
  • 2009 urban: Chris Brown with Jordin Sparks “No Air”
  • 2008 country: Taylor Swift “Teardrops on My Guitar”
  • 2008 pop: Hinder “Lips of an Angel”
  • 2008 urban: Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  • 2007 country: Rascal Flatts “What Hurts the Most”
  • 2007 pop: Kelly Clarkson “Because of You”
  • 2007 urban: Beyoncé with Slim Thug & Bun B “Check on It”
  • 2006 country: Toby Keith “As Good As I Once Was”
  • 2006 pop: Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved”
  • 2006 urban: Mariah Carey “We Belong Together
  • 2005 country: Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying”
  • 2005 pop: 3 Doors Down “Here Without You”
  • 2005 urban: Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • 2004 country: Shania Twain “Forever and for Always”
  • 2004 pop: Santana with Michelle Branch “The Game of Love”
  • 2004 urban: R. Kelly “Ignition (remix)”
  • 2003 country: Dixie Chicks “Landslide”
  • 2003 pop: Nickelback “How You Remind Me
  • 2003 urban: Nelly “Hot in Herre
  • 2002 country: Lonestar “I’m Already There”
  • 2002 pop: Matchbox 20 “If You’re Gone”
  • 2002 urban: Janet Jackson “All for You”
  • 2001 country: Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert “I Hope You Dance”
  • 2001 pop: Faith Hill “Breathe”
  • 2001 urban: Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria”
  • 2000 country: Lonestar “Amazed”
  • 2000 pop: Eagle-Eye Cherry “Save Tonight”
  • 2000 urban:

  • 1999 country: Shania Twain “You’re Still the One”
  • 1999 pop: Shania Twain “You’re Still the One”
  • 1998 pop: Chumbawamba “Tubthumping”
  • 1997 pop: Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”
  • 1996 pop: Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You”
  • 1995 pop: Toni Braxton “Breathe Again”
  • 1994 pop: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • 1993 pop:
  • 1992 pop: Michael Bolton “When a Man Loves a Woman
  • 1991 pop: Mariah Carey “Love Takes Time”
  • 1990 pop: Phil Collins “A Groovy Kind of Love”

  • 1989 pop: Steve Winwood “Valerie”
  • 1988 pop:
  • 1987 pop:
  • 1986 pop:
  • 1985 pop:
  • 1984 pop: The Police “Every Breath You Take
  • 1983 country: Sylvia “Nobody”
  • 1983 pop:
  • 1982 pop:
  • 1981 country: Dolly Parton “9 to 5”
  • 1981 pop: Dolly Parton “9 to 5”

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