The Grammy Award
for Best Gospel Song
is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards
, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to songwriters
for quality gospel
songs. 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".
The award for the Best Gospel Song was first presented to Yolanda Adams
at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards
, for her song "Be Blessed
", written by James Harris III, Terry Lewis, and James Q. Wright. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards
, the song "must contain melody and lyrics and must be either a new song or a song first achieving prominence during the eligibility year." "Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible."
From 2012, the category will be split into the Best Gospel Song
and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
categories; the latter will be a newly formed category as part of a major overhaul of Grammy categories.