Nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards were announced, including the nominees for Outstanding Music Supervision.
This year’s Emmy nominees for Outstanding Music Supervision highlight some of the most popular shows and their supervisors. Television shows from HBOMax, Netflix, AMC, and Amazon Prime are among the list of those that have been recognized.
Jen Malone (Atlanta, Yellowjackets, and Zola) and Adam Leber are nominated for their work in HBOMax’s hit series Euphoria, which features a one-of-kind eclectic soundscape. Malone came out swinging, using a total of 35 songs in the season premiere. The music in season two dominated music charts, including Tunefind’s trending music chart. Euphoria is nominated in a total of 16 categories this year, including two songs nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for ‘Elliot’s Song‘ by Labrinth, Muzhda Zemar-McKenzie, and Zendaya and ‘I’m Tired’ by Labrinth, Zendaya, and Sam Levinson.
The other HBOMax nominee is the limited series The White Lotus, with music supervision by Janet Lopez (Veep, Motherland: Fort Salem, Enlightened). The series is known for its score-heavy, tropics-inspired music. The White Lotus is nominated for a total of 20 categories this year, including Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, ‘Aloha! (Main Title Theme)’ by series composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer. Earlier this year, Lopez and The White Lotus won the Guild of Music Supervisors Award for Best Music Supervision in a Television Comedy or Musical.
The nominated shows from Netflix are powerhouses for music discovery. Netflix’s Ozark and Stranger Things are both nominated in a total of 13 categories each. Ozark’s soundtrack has drawn fans in with its gritty and thrilling music, music supervised by Gabe Hilfer (Under the Banner of Heaven, Fresh, Don’t Look Up). Ozark wrapped after four seasons and the final season featured Tunefind’s Top TV Song from February 4th.
Fellow Netflix nominee, Stranger Things has been very influential in the music world this summer. Season 4 of Stranger Things has made a mark on the music world as a whole when its placement of a Kate Bush song resulted in an impressive climb up the charts. Music supervisor Nora Felder (What We Do in the Shadows, Better Things, and The OA) has been Emmy-nominated for all previous seasons of Stranger Things.
AMC’s hit series, Better Call Saul with music supervision by Thomas Golubić (Breaking Bad, SEAL Team, The Walking Dead (seasons 1-5)) is nominated in a total of 7 categories this year. Better Call Saul’s nostalgically cool soundtrack is very popular with the fans. In 2020, Better Call Saul won the Guild of Music Supervisors Award in the category of Best Song/Recording Created for Television for ‘Something Stupid’ by Lola Marsh.
Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has won the Emmy for Outstanding Music Supervision three times. The shows wistful and whimsical soundtrack is full of period tracks from the late fifties and early sixties. The show has been recognized for the work of music supervisor Robin Urdang (Younger, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Call Me By Your Name) and executive producers/show creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for using music to elevate storytelling on the hit comedy series. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been nominated an impressive 66 times for a variety of categories and has won 20 so far.
Check out the nominees and their work below, including links to view the music from the nominated episodes and series.
Jen Malone, Music Supervisor
Adam Leber, Music Supervisor
Nominated Episode: S2 · E1 · Trying To Get To Heaven Before They Close The Door
Thomas Golubić, Music Supervisor
Nominated Episode: S6 · E5 · Black and Blue
Gabe Hilfer, Music Supervisor
Nominated Episode: S4 · E8 · The Cousin of Death
Nora Felder, Music Supervisor
Nominated Episode: S4 · E4 · Chapter Four: Dear Billy
Robin Urdang, Music Supervisor
Nominated Episode: S4 · E8 · How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
Janet Lopez, Music Supervisor
Nominated Episode: S1 · E6 · Departures
This year marks just the sixth year where Music Supervision is a category at the Emmy Awards, and recognizes a total of 6 nominees. This prominent recognition of the craft of marrying picture with music is important acknowledgement of the role music plays in elevating storytelling in television. The inaugural music supervision Emmy was awarded to Sue Jacobs for her outstanding work on the breakout hit series Big Little Lies. In 2018, 2019, and 2020 the music supervision Emmy winner was Robin Urdang for the Amazon Prime hit The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Last year, Matt Biffa and Ciara Elwis were awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Music Supervision for their work in the HBO series I May Destroy You.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented on September 10th, 2022 with an edited presentation of both ceremonies on FXX at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
The 74th Emmy Awards show will broadcast live on NBC and Peacock on September 12th, 2022 at 8pm EDT.