Trent Reznor, Pharrell Williams, RZA among musicians to score 2020 Emmy nominations
Trent Reznor, Pharrell Williams, and RZA are among the popular artists to snag a 2020 Emmy nomination, according to the this year’s list of talent up for the illustrious television awards. Reznor and Atticus Ross, Reznor’s seasoned partner in composition across multiple visual projects, notably received two nominations for the HBO adaptation of Watchmen. Their brooding original score landed a nomination for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series/Movie” and their time-traveling jazz symphony, “The Way It Used To Be,” garnered a nomination for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.”
This is not the first time that this pair of composers has been acknowledged for its writing prowess. Both Reznor and Ross have been distinguished as Oscar winners for their prior work on The Social Network. They are also Grammy Award winners for their involvement in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
There is fierce competition in “The Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” category, which features Williams and Chad Hugo’s “Letter to My Godfather” from The Black Godfather. Like Reznor and Ross, Williams is no stranger to the spotlight when it comes to his contributions to film. Of note, Williams’ upbeat single, “Happy,” landed an Oscar nomination back in 2014.
Wu-Tang’s own RZA received a nomination for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music” for Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan documentary, Wu-Tang: An American Saga. RZA has plenty of experience in the world of film as well, previously lending his talents to Quentin Tarantino’s revenge classic series, Kill Bill.
The 2020 Emmy awards are set to air September 20 on ABC barring any complications from COVID-19.
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