The Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition was first awarded in 1961. This award was not presented from 1967 to 1984.
The award has had several minor name changes:
From 1961 to 1962 the award was known as Best Contemporary Classical Composition
In 1963 it was awarded as Best Contemporary Composition
In 1965 it was awarded as Best Composition by a Contemporary Composer
In 1966 and 1964 it was awarded as Best Composition by a Contemporary Classical Composer
In 1985 it was awarded as Best New Classical Composition
From 1986 to 1994 it was again awarded as Best Contemporary Composition
From 1995 to 2011 it was again awarded as Best Classical Contemporary Composition
In 2012 the category was renamed into Best Contemporary Classical Composition
The Grammy is awarded to the composer(s) of a classical piece composed in the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the eligibility year.
From 2009 onwards, if the award goes to an opera composition, both the composer and the librettist (if applicable) receive the Grammy.
Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.
Jake Heggie (composer) and Terrence McNally (librettist) for Great Scott, performed by Patrick Summers, Manuel Palazzo, Mark Hancock, Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato and the Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra
Missy Mazzoli for Vespers for Violin, performed by Olivia de Prato
2018: Jennifer Higdon for Viola Concerto, performed by Roberto Diaz, Giancarlo Geurrero & the Nashville Symphony
Zhou Tian for Concerto for Orchestra, performed by Louis Langrée & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Adam Schoenberg for Picture Studies, performed by Michael Stern & the Kansas City Symphony
Tigran Mansurian for Requiem, performed by Alexander Liebreich, Florian Helgath, the RIAS Kammerchor & the Münchener Kammerorchester