Surprises dotted visual media categories in Tuesday morning’s Grammy nominations announcements, with television dominating the original score category but new films dominating the compilation-soundtrack list.
As expected, HER was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which won the Oscar earlier this year. His Oscar-nominated colleague, Leslie Odom Jr.’s “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami,” was also nominated.
HER and fellow “Fight for You” songwriters Dernst Emile II (aka D’Mile) and Tiara Thomas also landed a song of the year nomination, and HER got a nod in the category. traditional R&B performance for this song.
Three of the six nominated songs were from TV projects: Emmy-winning “Agatha All Along” from “WandaVision”, “All Eyes on Me” from “Inside Bo Burnham” and “All I Know So Far” from the title documentary Pink. . The only new film shown is “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” by Jennifer hudson“Respect” for Aretha Franklin.
On the other hand, four of the seven nominees in the compilation-soundtrack category come from recent or current films: “Cruella”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “In the Heights” and “Respect”. Last year, “One Night in Miami” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday ”were nominated, along with one TV project:“ Schmigadoon! Episode 1.”
Television represented three of the five nominees in the soundtrack category: “Bridgerton” by Kris Bowers, “The Mandalorian: Season 2” by Ludwig Göransson and “The Queen’s Gambit” by Carlos Rafael Rivera. Göransson and Rivera won Emmys for the same music in September.
The 2020 Oscar winner “Soul” – by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch – was also nominated, as expected, and can be considered the frontrunner in this category. Batiste was also nominated in the Instrumental Jazz category for his separate album ‘Music From and Inspired by’ Soul ‘and in the Improvised Solo Jazz category for a piece from the soundtrack.
The only new nominated film is Hans Zimmer’s score for “Dune”.
Cinema-related curiosities in other categories included Emile Mosseri’s nomination for best instrumental arrangement for a track from “Kajillionaire,” a surprise given his other 2020 film, “Minari,” was nominated for a Oscar but ignored by Grammy voters.
And “Women Warriors: The Voices of Change,” a symphonic album written entirely by female film composers, was nominated in the Classical Compendium category. Conductor Amy Andersson and producers Lolita Ritmanis and Mark Mattson were named as nominees. The composers were Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Isolde Fair, Sharon Farber, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi and Ritmanis.
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