The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. The ceremony will be held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and portions will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT),
Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
American Hustle [Legacy Recordings]
Frozen [Walt Disney Records]
Get On Up - The James Brown Story [Universal Music Enterprises]
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 [Hollywood Records/Marvel Music]
The Wolf of Wall Street [Virgin Records]
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Among the composers nominated for Best Score, Thomas Newman has been the most honored, having received the most nominations (10) and wins (6), including last year for Skyfall. Alexandre Desplat has been nominated four times, including his win for The King’s Speech. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross won a Grammy and an Oscar for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Steven Price, whose work won this year's Oscar, and Christophe Beck are first-time Grammy nominees.
Frozen - Christophe Beck [Walt Disney Records]
Gone Girl - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross [Columbia Records]
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat [ABKCO Music & Records]
Gravity - Steven Price [WaterTower Music]
Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman [Walt Disney Records]
Also John Williams, who has received 62 Grammy nominations and won 21, is nominated in the Best Instrumental Composition for "The Book Thief" from the film of the same name.
Best Song Written For Visual Media
I had intended to write about the infectious ear candy that is "Everything Is Awesome!!!" and how unfortunate it was that it, and the other contenders, had to compete against the juggernaut that is "Let It Go," a joyful embrace of empowerment that I expected to win. Then as I assembled this post, I heard Glen Campbell's "I’m Not Gonna Miss You," an utterly devastating farewell to his wife as he slowly succumbs to Alzheimer's.
I anticipate the show producers will want the audience demo that comes with "Let It Go." Plus, the mood of "I’m Not Gonna Miss You" will be too much of a downer for an awards show, and Campbell won't be able to attend since he was admitted to a long-term care and treatment facility back in April. But if I had a vote, I wouldn't miss the opportunity to honor Glen and his brilliant song.
"Everything Is Awesome!!!" (from The Lego Movie)
Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Shawn Patterson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, songwriters (Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island)
[WaterTower Music; Publishers: Waner-Olive Music, LLC, Drohnend Publishing, Shebar Music, Boner Tek, Snuglar Entertainment]
"I See Fire" (from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
[WaterTower Music; Publishers: New Line Music Co., United Lion Music Inc]
"I’m Not Gonna Miss You" (from Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me)
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
[Big Machine Records]
"Let It Go" (from Frozen)
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)
[Walt Disney Records; Publisher: Wonderland Music Company, Inc.]
"The Moon Song" (from Her)
Spike Jonze & Karen O, songwriters (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix)
"You’ve Got Time" (from Orange Is the New Black)
Regina Spektor, songwriter (Regina Spektor)
[Sire; Publishers: Soviet Kitsch Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc.]
How did they do? What would you have nominated?