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Soundtracking: 2018 Grammy Nominees at the Movies!

by Chris Feil

The Oscars aren’t the only big movie music prize on the horizon. Last week we got this year’s Grammy nominees and the Grammy voting committee has clearly been spending a lot of time at the movies this year! Aside from the film categories (more on that in a minute...) soundtracks showed up in major categories in a big way thanks to behemoths Black Panther and A Star is Born.

“All the Stars” from Panther and “Shallow” from Star both made it into the Record and Song of the Year categories, in addition to both getting nominated in the genre performance categories. But the biggest movie moment among the nominees has to be Kendrick Lamar’s nomination in Album of the Year for Black Panther’s soundtrack...

Could a soundtrack be benefitting from Grammy expanding their nomination to 8 per category (an unwieldy number and also not consistent in every category *tosses hands in air*)? Nope, Kendrick Lamar is a perennial nominee in the category - this is his fourth and he had to have been very close for last year’s genius DAMN.. Momentum with Grammy nominees doesn’t quite build the way that it does for eventual Oscar wins, so we’ll see if he can finally pull off the win. Another good omen: the last soundtrack to be nominated (O Brother Where Art Thou in 2002) also won.

Let’s take a look at the film categories...


  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Lady Bird
  • Stranger Things
Okay okay, so they allow for television too - Boardwalk Empire won in 2012 and over Burlesque, Glee, and Tangled. A Stranger Things win here would also be similarly homophobic (even icky Deadpool 2 has a Celine Dion song!) but it is unlikely. The Greatest Showman is one of the best selling albums of the past year and should safely take this. I believe A Star is Born might have been ineligible, while "Shallow" was due to eligibility deadlines, but no Black Panther is quite odd. But isn't that Lady Bird mention so charmingly in the stealthily musical spirit of the film?
  • Black Panther - Ludwig Göransson
  • Blade Runner 2049 - Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer
  • Coco - Michael Giacchino
  • The Shape of Water - Alexandere Desplat
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi - John Williams
The Grammy eligibilty calendar wreacks havoc on those focused around the Oscar eligibility calendar! This one is harder to predict, but having a big name or being a big movie doesn't hurt. While our preference would lean towards Coco or The Shape of Water for their narrative impact, John Williams may be the most likely given his many many Grammy wins over the years.
  • "All the Stars" - Black Panther
  • "Mystery of Love" - Call Me By Your Name
  • "Remember Me" - Coco
  • "Shallow" - A Star is Born
  • "This is Me" - The Greatest Showman
So three of last year's Oscar nominees and two likely nominees for this year. Given the widespread love and cultural impact of "All the Stars" and "Shallow" this may be a wild call, but I'd still give the edge to the pop chutzpah and album sales of "This Is Me". Where money goes, Grammy typically does as well. Or maybe "Shallow"'s current dominance will carry over...

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Reader Comments (10)

Gaga is going to win Song of the Year because the Grammy's love jerking themselves off to boring Americana-esque songs.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

Shallow just needs to win best pop duo to make Cooper a viable EGOT winner. Oscar is coming soon, and he's eventually going back to Broadway in a few years. The Emmy is going to be his last, I think.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I think this may be Sufjan Stevens' first nomination after decades of albums. Sigh.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Hollywood

'A Stranger Things win here would also be similarly homophobic'

This makes no sense. How could awarding Stranger Things in this category be homophobic?!

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

Black Panther was an awesome action/adventure experience, but obvious points aside, it's literally just a Marvel Universe installment. I remain mystified... Album of the year? Ensemble of the year? As much as I want Miss Bassett to win a SAG, this is just banana pants.

I also don't understand why Stranger Things winning would be considered homophobic?

Do we just look at things exclusively now from the point of view of alleged attacks on race/gender/sexuality? Is the Upside Down a metaphor for being gay that I missed somewhere or...?

I suppose that would explain that horrific SAG Ensemble lineup. I mean, if you're going to nominate diversity, can we at least nominate the greater performances, like those seen in Beale Street or Roma?

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterManny

I'm thinking it was a tongue-in-cheek way of saying the "Stranger Things" soundtrack has zero queer appeal? I don't know.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIrvin

Irvin's right, it's become a new flippant meme type comment online. I've seen it used many times just to mean bad, or like in this case, jokingly because it has no queer factor and is seen as less deserving than those with that quality. I thought this newish slang was more widespread, but maybe it's just on sites/comments sections that I've read.

Also, for all the sexy guys dressing up in the 11 from Stranger Things pink dress costume for halloween, it deserves a Grammy...and Oscar...and Nobel Peace Prize.

December 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNoel

Lol yes it's just a cheeky word choice. IDK Stranger Things when living in the midwest is a whole other beast of Stranger Things merch and culture that is quite omnipresent and off-putting.

December 13, 2018 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

Nice how people just throw out the word homophobic like it’s nothing. This is ridiculous. And the lack of research while writing this is also embarrassing.

December 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBD (the real one)

The biggest movie moment is Kendrick Lamar’s nomination in Album of the Year for Black Panther’s soundtrack.
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December 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNoah

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