The Emmys are all about television, but as the worlds of movies, music and TV continue to cross-pollinate, many a name muso has been recognised in the 2020 nominations.
The most obvious initially is the Beastie Boys. Their Spike Jonze-directed doco Beastie Boys Story has received two nods, in both the ‘Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program’ categories.
Meanwhile, Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA snapped up an ‘Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music’ category nom for his theme to Wu Tang: An America Saga.
Then there’s Nine Inch Nails supremo Trent Reznor, who’s become a dab hand at this soundtrack thing together with regular collaborator Atticus Ross. The pair garnered two nominations for their work on the Watchmen miniseries – one in the ‘Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics’ category for The Way It Used to Be, and another for ‘Outstanding Composition for a Limited Series’.
Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh is another who’s become big in the soundtrack sphere, and he received a nod for ‘Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special’ for his work on wild true crime smash Tiger King.
Pharell Williams has also added another nomination to his l, and without a Minion in sight! He’s up for an ‘Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics’ gong for his The Black Godfather track Letter to My Godfather.
Multi-talented Brit Labrinth has also had his work acknowledged via two nominations for HBO series Euphoria. More specifically, these are in the ‘Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)’ and ‘Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics’ categories.
Wrapping things up, Prince collaborators Sheila E, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis got a nod in the ‘Outstanding Music Direction’ section for Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince.