This year’s nominees in the Grammy visual media categories may look surprisingly different from previous years, with an increased focus on TV scores, reflecting the impact of the pandemic and a huge spike in TV viewing.
Among the three categories (compilation soundtrack, score soundtrack, song), this change will most likely be visible in the sheet music category, where popular series such as “Bridgerton”, “Loki”, “WandaVision” and “The Undergound Railroad “came in – not to mention recent Emmy winners for their music (including” The Queen’s Gambit “,” The Mandalorian “and” The Flight Attendant “), giving them more prominence than usual.
Only six of the 105 nominees for the Grammy soundtrack over the past 20 years have been for television shows, and only one has won (HBO’s “Chernobyl” by composer “Joker” Hildur Guðnadóttir, in 2020).
However, because the Grammy eligibility period is odd (September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021), four of last year’s top five Oscar nominees are also entered, including the winner, “Soul” (the others being “Mank”, “Minari” and “News of the world”). “Soul” will certainly be nominated and could win this Grammy for composers Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste.
But few 2021 film releases are included in the 309 score entries. The most prominent titles are “Dune”, “Black Widow”, “Cruella”, “Luca” and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”. Voters can also take a look at the soundtrack for the “Star Wars: Squadrons” video game, as many voters may have played many games over the past year (only one game score was nominated). : “Journey” in 2013).
Oddly enough, the James Bond film “No Time to Die” missed the eligibility period by one day (the soundtrack was released on October 1) and was not made the list. It’s another curiosity for Grammy history in that title song by Billie Eilish – which was declared eligible last year, even though the film was only released on October 8 of this year – has already won.
Statistics are similar in the song category. Only seven of the 105 nominees over the past 20 years have come from television, and only one has won: a song from “Malcolm in the Middle” in 2002.
And while four of this year’s 168 songs were Oscar nominees (and one of them, HER’s “Fight for You,” won the Oscar), the hugely popular Emmy winner, “Agatha All Along “from” WandaVision “, is in competition, with the theme” Ted Lasso “.
New songs for theatrical releases this year include tunes from “Cruella”, “In the Heights”, “Dear Evan Hansen” and Aretha Franklin’s biopic “Respect”.
The list for the compilation-soundtrack category is the shortest, with only 71 entries, and the lines are blurry. The theatrical releases including “Cruella”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “F9: The Fast Saga”, “In the Heights”, “The Prom” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” compete with TV projects such as “Bridgerton” and music-oriented films that debuted or moved quickly to streaming services including “Annette”, “Cinderella” and “Respect”.