Winners of the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards Music Categories
While Schitt’s Creek and Succession dominated this year’s Emmy Awards, the music categories cast a wide net and recognized some of the other stellar entertainment that graced the small screen over the past year.
In a series of virtual ceremonies over the past week, the 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Emmy awards recognized artists and technicians in over 120 categories. The key music categories include both original composition and music supervision.
Music supervisor Robin Urdang, along with executive producers/series creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, won this year’s award for Outstanding Music Supervision for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This is the third music supervision award in a row for Amazon’s acclaimed series, following wins in 2019 and 2018. Mrs. Maisel took home a total of four Emmys this year.
Among the composers recognized by the Television Academy this year, Ludwig Göransson won the award for original dramatic score for his work on The Mandalorian. The debut of the cinematic Star Wars series helped launch Disney+ and landed the new streaming service a total of 7 Emmys.
HBO’s hit series Watchmen led this year’s nominations with a whopping 26 this year, winning a total of 11 Emmys when all was said and done. The awards for the acclaimed series included recognition for the powerful score written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
HBO’s Euphoria also won three awards at this year’s Emmys, including Zendaya’s win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Newcomer Labrinth picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for his song ‘All For Us,’ which was featured prominently in the series.
Double nominated composers Laura Karpman and Nathan Barr each picked up one award this year. Karpman was recognized for her score for Discovery’s timely documentary series Why We Hate. Barr won his Emmy for the main titles of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix original Hollywood.
Review all of the nominees and winners in the 72nd Annual Emmy Award music categories below.
OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Episode 305 “It’s Comedy Or Cabbage”
Thomas Golubić for Better Call Saul: Episode 503 “The Guy For This”
Adam Leber and Jen Malone for Euphoria: Episode 108 “And Salt The Earth Behind You”
Kier Lehman for Insecure: Episode 405 “Lowkey Movin’ On”
Catherine Grieves and David Holmes for Killing Eve: Episode 303 “Meetings Have Biscuits”
Nora Felder for Stranger Things: Episode 303 “Chapter Three: The Case Of The Missing Lifeguard”
Liza Richardson for Watchmen: Episode 106 “This Extraordinary Being”
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Ludwig Göransson for The Mandalorian: Episode 108 “Chapter Eight: Redemption”
Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans for Ozark: Episode 310 “All In”
Labrinth for Euphoria: Episode 105 “Bonnie And Clyde”
Nicholas Britell for Succession: Episode 210 “This Is Not For Tears”
Maartin Phipps for The Crown: Episode 303 “Aberfan”
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Watchmen: Episode 101 “It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice”
Nathan Barr for Hollywood: Episode 102 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”
Mark Isham and Isabella Summers for Little Fires Everywhere: Episode 104 “The Spider Web”
Kris Bowers for Mrs. America: Episode 109 “Reagan”
Antonio Gambale for Unorthodox: Episode 101 “Part 1”
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A DOCUMENTARY SERIES OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Laura Karpman for Why We Hate: Episode 103 “Tools & Tactics”
Kamasi Washington for Becoming
Amanda Jones for Home: Episode 105 “Maine”
Pinar Toprak and Alex Kovacs for McMillion$: Episode 101 “Episode 1”
Marks Mothersbaugh, John Enroth and Albert Fox for Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness: Episode 101 “Not Your Average Joe”
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
Performed by Nathan Barr
Featured in Hollywood, Netflix
Performed by Nathan Barr
Featured in Carnival Row, Amazon Prime
‘Defending Jacob Theme (Extended Version)’
Performed by Ólafur Arnalds
Featured in Defending Jacob, Apple TV+
Performed by Antonio Gambale
Featured in Unorthodox, Netflix
‘Why We Hate’
Performed by Laura Karpman
Featured in Why We Hate, Discovery Channel
Performed by RZA
Featured in Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Hulu
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
‘All For Us’
Performed by Labrinth, Zendaya
Featured in Euphoria: Episode 108 “And Salt the Earth Behind You”
Music and lyrics by: Labrinth
‘Eat Sh!t, Bob’
Performed by John Oliver
Featured in Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Episode 629 “SLAPP Suits”
Music by: David Dabbon
Lyrics by: Joanna Rothkopf, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali
‘Build It Up’
Performed by Ingrid Michaelson
Featured in Little Fires Everywhere: Episode 108 “Find a Way”
Music and lyrics by: Ingrid Michaelson
‘Letter To My Godfather’
Performed by Pharrell Williams
Featured in The Black Godfather
Music and lyrics by: Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo
’One Less Angel’
Performed by Shy Baldwin
Featured in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Episode 301 “Strike Up the Band!”
Music and lyrics by: Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore
Performed by Blake Stadnik
Featured in This Is Us: Episode 401 “Strangers”
Music and lyrics by: Siddhartha Khosla, Taylor Goldsmith
‘The Way It Used To Be’
Performed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Featured in Watchmen: Episode 106 “This Extraordinary Being”
Music and lyrics by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
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