LOS ANGELES, Aug 22, (RTRS): The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Johann Johannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.
Following the award ceremony, a selection of Terence Blanchard’s work (“Mo’ Better Blues,” “Malcolm X,” “25th Hour”) will be recorded and performed by Brussels Philharmonic and additional jazz soloists, conducted by Film Fest Gent’s music director Dirk Brosse.
The Academy will announce the nominees mid September for discovery of the year, best original score for a Belgian production, and the composition competition. The World Soundtrack Awards are held in Gent, Belgium Oct 17 through 19.
The announced nominees are listed below:
* Best Film Composer of the Year
Nicholas Britell: “Moonlight”Justin Hurwitz: “La La Land”Johann Johannsson: “Arrival”Mica Levi: “Jackie,” “Marjorie Prime”Dustin O’Halloran: “Lion” (co-composer Hauschka), “In the Shadow of Iris” (co-composer Adam Wiltzie)
* Best TV Composer of the Year
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: “Stranger Things”Ramin Djawadi: “Westworld,” “Prison Break: Resurrection,” “The Strain”Rupert Gregson-Williams: “The Crown”Dave Porter: “Better Call Saul,” “The Blacklist,” “The Blacklist: Redemption”Mac Quayle: “Feud: Bette & Joan,” “Mr Robot,” “Scream Queens”
* Best Original Song written directly for a film
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls” — music & lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin andShellback (performed by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden andZooey Deschanel, among others)”City of Stars” from “La La Land” — music by Justin Hurwitz lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul(performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone)”How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” — music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda performed by Auli’iCravalho”Never Give Up” from: “Lion” — music & lyrics by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin (performed by Sia)”Runnin’” from “Hidden Figures” — music & lyrics by Pharrell Williams (performed by Pharrell Williams)
As rumors circulate about a possible Katy Perry-Taylor Swift reconciliation at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug 27, it’s worth noting how many beefs have been instigated or squashed at the annual event. From Eminem versus Moby in 2002, to Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus in 2015, who needs therapy when there’s the VMAs? Below is a rundown of the beefiest moments in MTV VMA history, which includes multiple appearances by Ms Swift.
Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj (2015)
What began as a Twitter feud between Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj culminated with the rapper calling out Cyrus for comments she had made in reference to not being nominated for video of the year. “And now, back to this who had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Minaj prodded while accepting the award for best hip-hop video. Cyrus quickly defended herself saying, “Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate. Nicki, congratulations.”
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles (2013)
In Swift’s less-memorable VMA drama, while accepting an award for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she delivered a less-than-subtle punch at Harry Styles when she thanked “the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is.” Later during the broadcast, Swift was seen mumbling, ‘Shut when the members of One Direction presented on stage.
Diddy and J Cole (2013)
While the details are hazy, one clear feud came from a VMA after party in New York, where P. Diddy and J. Cole stirred up drama. It never became clear what exactly happened between the two, but after their disagreement, Diddy tweeted, “I usually don’t address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL”
Kid Rock and Tommy Lee (2007)
While Alicia Keys performed “No One,” Pamela Anderson’s exes — Tommy Lee and Kid Rock — got in an altercation that turned physical. Kid Rock ended up with a citation for misdemeanor battery.
Taylor Swift and Kanye West (2009)
In an event that needs no introduction, West and Swift sparked a seemingly eternal feud in 2009 when West rushed the stage after Taylor Swift won best female video for “You Belong with Me.” Before Swift was able to start her speech, he grabbed the mic to defend Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video.
Fat Joe and 50 Cent (2005)
After a long-winded history of beef, Fat Joe was presenting onstage when he quipped, “I feel safe with all the police protection — courtesy of G-Unit.” Moby and Eminem (2002)
At the 2001 Grammy awards, Moby called Eminem’s music racist, homophobic, and misogynist. Eminem fired back in his song “Without Me,” with the verse “And Moby? You can get stomped by Obie/ You 36-year-old baldheaded fag, blow me!/ You don’t know me, you’re too old, let go/ It’s over, nobody listens to techno.” Eminem performed the hit at the 2002 VMAs, to which Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog brought up to Moby, “Poor Moby. First of all, you’re 35!” The video cut to Eminem, who was visibly irked. He had his chance to respond while accepting the award for best male video. “That little Moby girl threw me out of my zone for a minute,” Eminem said during his speech over a chorus of boos.