Over two thousand attendees including leading songwriters, composers and recording artists attended Thursday’s Hollywood Music and Media Awards at the Avalon – Hollywood. The event, hosted by comedian Ron Pearson, brought together songwriting royalty, Academy Award winners, and the new voices in TV, film and videogame music.  The night included the HMMA Career Achievement Award to Diane Warren.

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Musical performances included a special 25th Anniversary Tribute to The Bodyguard Soundtrack. “Run to You” was performed by its songwriters Allan Dennis Rich and Judd Friedman. The soundtrack was released exactly 25 years ago today (November 17th, 1992) and sold over 18 million copies.

Ray Parker Jr. received a standing ovation as he approached the stage to his iconic Ghostbusters song performed live. Parker presented several awards, including Outstanding Score in a Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror Film, which Alexandre Desplat won for The Shape of Water. Desplat thanked the voters, and the film’s director Guillermo del Toro. “It was a real privilege to work on this amazing film with Guillermo Del Toro that is so unique and beautiful.”

Outstanding Song in a Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror Film went to legendary songwriters Alan Menken and Tim Rice for Beauty and the Beast’s “How does a Moment Last Forever?” Menken delivered an acceptance video from overseas, where he is currently working. “It was a joy to write new songs for Beauty and the Beast with Tim.  I am so thrilled the film and the songs are being so well received.” The house band, made up of musicians from rock bands including, Quiet Riot, Journey, Pat Benatar and more delivered an emotional rendition of the winning song performed by Maureen Davis, from the original cast of Into The Woods.

Legendary music producer, Journey bass player, and American Idol judge Randy Jackson received a warm welcome as he presented songwriter Diane Warren with the HMMA Outstanding Career Achievement Award.  Jackson said, “I have known Diane over 30 years and have watched her extraordinary career unfold.  She has been the Queen of pop music for the better part of those three decades and she still is.  Her songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists and at one time she had 4 of the top 5 songs on the Billboard pop charts.  She has two of Billboard’s Top 10 greatest songs of all time, ‘Unbreak my Heart’ and ‘How do I Live?’ Diane is one of those writers when she puts pen to paper it turns to gold.  She is a force of nature and is a great friend too.” Warren humbly accepted the award, stating that she felt like she had so much more to do.

Following the presentation, Warren rushed back on stage to receive the award in the following category, Outstanding Song in a feature film. Her song, “Stand Up for Something,” co-written with Common and performed by Andra Day and Common was met with rapturous applause.  Warren then gave an impassioned speech, “This is the most important song that I’ve ever written. In these times, it’s especially important that we all stand up for something.”

Other awards included Outstanding Score for a Documentary went to Philip Glass, for his score to Jane, the critically praised film on conservationist Jane Goodall. Accepting the award on behalf of Glass was producer Bryan Burk. “I’m incredibly proud of the film and of Philip’s work on it. I really respect all the work that everyone does in this room. On behalf of Philip, I thank you for this award.”

Burk’s speech was followed by video from Glass, who is currently on tour in Europe. “I want to thank the HMMAs for their recognition of Brett’s film and my score. It was a remarkable experience to write music for this documentary about an environmental icon like Jane Goodall and to help share her story with the world.”

Closing the night was the Outstanding Score in a Feature Film, with several Academy award winners up for the prize. The award went to newcomer Oneohtrix Point Never for his electronic score in A24’s Good Time. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Oneohtrix Point Never’s score to Good Time released by Warp Records was awarded “Best Soundtrack.” The film, directed by the Safdie Brothers, has garnered critical acclaim even though it received a limited U.S. theatrical release.  The film opens internationally later this month.

Oneohtrix Point Never spent the majority of the speech speaking directly to esteemed presenters Earth, Wind and Fire. “I am so honored for this award and to be in the same room with Earth, Wind and Fire. You guys were such an influence to me, and you really created some amazing new sounds in your music. “Let’s Groove” is amazing, I could say so much, but it was such an inspiration to me as an artist. The film is an amazing ride and the Safdie brothers are such unique storytellers. They really let me loose creatively and I think that’s truly the best way for artists to work. I am incredibly honored and I want to thank everyone for giving a small film this great recognition.”

2017 HMMA Music In Visual Media Nominees and Winners

• Carter Burwell – Wonderstruck (Amazon)
• Dario Marianelli – Darkest Hour (Focus Features)
• Mychael Danna – The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleeker Street)
• Nicholas Britell – Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)
• Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) – Good Time (A24)
• Tamar-kali – Mudbound (Netflix)
• Thomas Newman – Victoria and Abdul (Focus Features)

• Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)
• Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros)
• Marco Beltrami – Logan (20th Century Fox)
• Mark Mothersbaugh – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel/Disney)
• Michael Abels – Get Out (Universal)
• Rupert Gregson-Williams – Wonder Woman (Warner Bros)

• Clint Mansell – Loving Vincent (Good Deed Entertainment)
• Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna – The Breadwinner (Gkids)
• Lorne Balfe – LEGO Batman Movie (Warner Brothers)
• Michael Giacchino – Coco (Pixar/Disney)
• Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer – The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox/Dreamworks)
• Theodore Shapiro – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (20th Century Fox/Dreamworks)

• Blake Neely – The Keepers, Episode 7 (Netflix)
• Dan Romer & Saul Simon MacWilliams – Chasing Coral (Netflix)
• Duncan Thum, Sebastian Örnemark and Steve Gernes – Chef’s Table (Netflix)
• Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans – LA 92 (National Geographic)
• Jeff Beal – Boston (Kennedy/Marshall Co/LA Roma Films)
• Philip Glass – Jane (National Geographic/Abramorama)

• “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Fifty Shades Darker) – Written by Taylor Swift, Sam Dew and Jack Antonoff. Performed by Zayn & Taylor Swift
• “If I Dare” (Battle of the Sexes) Written by Sara Bareilles and Nicholas Britell. Performed by Sara Bareilles
• “Mighty River” (Mudbound) Written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson. Performed by Mary J. Blige
• “Stand Up For Something” (Marshall) Music by Diane Warren, Lyrics by Diane Warren and Lonnie R. Lynn. Performed by Andra Day, featuring Common
• “The Promise” (The Promise) Written and Performed by Chris Cornell
• “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman) Written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. Performed by Keala Settle

• “Dancing Through The Wreckage” (Served like a Girl) Written by Linda Perry, Neil Giraldo & Pat Benatar. Performed by Pat Benatar
• “Jump” (Step) Written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson, & Laura Karpman. Performed by Cynthia Erivo
• “Prayers For This World” (Cries From Syria) Diane Warren. Performed by Cher with The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir
• “Tell Me How Long” (Chasing Coral) Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger, Performed by Kristen Bell
• “Truth To Power” (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power ) – Written by Ryan Tedder & T-Bone Burnett, performed by OneRepublic
• “Two Fingers of Whiskey” (The American Epic Sessions) Written by Bernie Taupin, composed and performed by Elton John, T Bone Burnett and Jack White.

• “Captain Underpants Theme Song” (Captain Underpants) Written & performed by Weird Al Yankovic (20th Century Fox/Dreamworks)
• “Confident” (Leap) Written by Demi Lovato, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin and Savan Kotecha. Performed by Demi Lovato (Quad Productions)
• “I’m a Lady” (Smurfs: The Lost Village) Megan Trainor & Martin Rene. Performed -Trainor (Columbia)
• “There’s Something Special” (Despicable Me 3) Written/performed – Pharrell Williams (Universal)
• “You Will Always Find Me in Your Heart” (Smurfs: The Lost Village) Written by Chris Lennertz & K.T. Tunstall. Performed by Shaley Scott (Columbia)

• “Evermore” (Beauty and the Beast) Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Performed by Josh Groban
• “Guardian’s Inferno” (Guardians of the Galaxy 2) – The Sneepers (feat. David Hasselhoff)
• “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Beauty and the Beast) Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Performed by Céline Dion and Emma Watson
• “Keep Your Eyes On Me” (The Shack) Written & performed By Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

• Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (Apple) Directed by Chris Perkel, original music by Paul S. Henning
• Eagles of Death Metal: Not Amis (HBO) Produced by Live Nation Productions, Directed by Colin Hanks. Produced by Heather Parry, Sean M. Stuart
• Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix) Produced by Live Nation Productions, Directed by Chris Moukarbel, Produced by Heather Parry, Chris Moukarbel, Bobby Campbell
• Hired Gun (Vision Films) Directed by Fran Strine, written by Tim Calandrello and Fran Strine. Original music by The Crystal Method / Tobias Enhus
• Requiem for My Mother (American Public Television) Written & directed by Stephen Edwards, co-directed by David Haugland. Original music by Stephen Edwards.
• SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (Gravitas Ventures) Written and Directed by Matt Schrader. Original music by Ryan Taubert
• Women Who Score (Independent) Directed by Sara Nesson. Produced by Naida Albright and Sara Nesson. Original music by Lesley Barber, Miriam Cutler, Starr Parodi, Lili Haydn and Laura Karpman

• Antonio Sanchez – Get Shorty (Epix)
• Dustin O’Halloran – Transparent (Amazon)
• Jesse Novak – BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
• Jeff Russo – Fargo (FX)
• Laura Karpman, Raphael Saadiq – Underground (WGN America)
• Mateo Messina – Graves (Epix)
• Meshell Ndegeocello – Queen Sugar (OWN)
• Rupert Gregson-Williams – The Crown (Netflix)

• “Bulletproof Love” (Luke Cage) Written & Performed by Method Man (Netflix)
• “Charles Grodin” (Patriot) Written by Steve Conrad. Performed by Michael Dorman (Amazon)
• “Power” (The Get Down) by Elliott Wheeler, Baz Luhrmann, Homer Steinweiss, Donna Missal, performed by Donna Missal and Travis Jones (Netflix)
• “Powerful Magic” (Once Upon a Time) Written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, Performed by Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas (ABC)
• “We Tapped That Ass” (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) Written by Adam Schlesinger, Rachel Bloom & Jack Dolgen. Performed by Rachel Bloom (The CW)


• Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge – Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
• Bruce Broughton – The Orville (Fox)
• David Buckley – The Good Fight (CBS)
• Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe – Genius (National Geographic)
• Mac Quayle – Fued (FX)
• Nick Urata and Daniel Handler – A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

• Brian Ross – Lady Bird (A24)
• Dana Sano – Fifty Shades Darker (Universal)
• Dave Jordan – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Disney)
• Kirsten Lane – Baby Driver (Tristar)
• Matthew Hearon-Smith – The Florida Project (A24)

• Jennifer Pyken – This is Us (NBC)
• Nora Felder – Better Things (FX)
• Rob Lowry – The Bold Type (Freeform)
• Robin Urdang – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
• Season Kent – 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
• Zach Cowie, Kerri Drootin – Master of None (Netflix)

• Baby Driver (30th Century Records)
• Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney)
• Good Time (Warp Records)
• Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 (Marvel Music)
• Served Like A Girl (We Are Hear)
• The Fate of the Furious (Artist Publishing Group, Atlantic Records)

• Anne Nikitin (This Beautiful Fantastic)
• Corey Allen Jackson (Chuck)
• Glen Gabriel (Purgatory Road)
• Layla Minoui (The Mad Whale)
• Nami Melumad (This Day Forward)
• Mark Smythe (Unfallen)

• “Calling to Me” (1% More Humid) Written by Nathan Halpern. Performed by Emily Forsythe
• “My tiredness Hasn´t limit” (The Enchanted) Written by Ivan Ruiz Serrano, Ricardo Davila and Angela Boj, performed by Angela Boj
• “PBNJ” (Patti Cake$) Written By Geremy Jasper & Jason Binnick. Performed by Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay & Cathy Moriarty
• “Speak To Me” (Voice from the Stone) Written by Amy Lee & Michael Wandmacher. Performed by Amy Lee

• David Longoria (Becoming A Man)
• Elia Cmiral (Lacrimosa)
• Jennifer Thomas (Desert Rose)
• Nicolas Repetto (The Plural of Blood)
• Pablo P. García (Four)

• Austin Wintory (Deformers)
• Creative Assembly (Total War: Warhammer 2)
• Gordy Haab, Brian Trifon, Brian Lee White (Halo Wars 2)
• Matthew Carl Earl (Moonlight Blade: Moonlight Over the Sea)
• Stephen Cox (Farpoint)
• Thomas Parisch, Miles Hankins (Honor of Kings)

• Knut Avenstroup Haugen – Homestead (Expeditions: Viking)
• Oleksa Lozowchuk – Oh Willamette (Dead Rising 4)
• Thomas Parisch – Ocean over the Time (Moonlight Blade OL)

• Javier Rodríguez Ríos – Unchained (Trailer)
• Jeff Broadbent – Realm of Duels (Trailer)
• Layal Watfeh – Invasion (Trailer)
• Mike Raznick – The Handmaid’s Tale (Trailer)
• Oleksa Lozowchuk – Dead Rising 4 (Trailer)
• Saul Gomez – Cocktail & Brothers (Trailer)

• Alexa Friedman (Enraptured) Written by Estani Frizzell. Performed by Alexa Friedman. Directed by Spencer D. Evans and produced by Spirinity Productions
• Brian Mackey (Underwater) Written and performed by Brian Mackey, produced by Jon Levine. Video director, producer, cinematographer: Sandy Stenzel
• Builder of the House (There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand) Directed by Derek R. Brigham & Rob Cimitile with cinematography by Mark Hensley and produced by sonaBLAST! Records, Through the Door Productions, Wicked Moose Productions, and Rob Cimitile
• J.ournal and Jennifer Thomas (Nine Twelve) Written and Produced by J.ournal. Music and Orchestration by Jennifer Thomas. Video directed by Matt McGee, produced by Faye Viviana
• Jerry Jean (Do We Reach Home) Written, produced, arranged, performed by Jerry Jean. Video directed by Andrés Cardona. Choreographed and danced by Chloe Noelle Crade.
• Marc Daniels (Summer Song) Written by Marc Daniels and Tom Chandler. Performed by Marc Daniels. Video by Trespasser Productions. Directed by Spencer Davies.
• Next Door to the Moon (Situation) Written by Connor Weinstein & Jacob Guzman, performed by Next Door to the Moon. Video directed by Will DaRosa
• Poetic Lace (King Of The City) Written, produced and performed by Le’Serone Smith (Poetic Lace)
• The Sunset Kids – (Fantasy – Living in a Fantasy) Written and performed by The Sunset Kids, featuring Elena and Josh J Palme. Video directed by Devin Schiro
• Wouter Kellerman and Soweto Gospel Choir (Mathebethebeni) Written by Mbongeni Ngema, Arranged by Themba Mkhize and Wouter Kellerman, performed by Wouter Kellerman and Soweto Gospel Choir. Video directed by Darrell James Roodt

• Ivan Capillas (The Giant and the Mermaid)
• Josue Vergara (Un Buen Amigo)
• Christoph Zirngibl (König Opa)

• Arturo Cardelús (In a Heartbeat)
• Germán Ignacio Tello (Lucerna)
• Orlando Perez Rosso (Wishing Box)
• Stuart Hancock (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt)

Posted by Peter F. Ebbinghaus

Based in Berlin, Germany. Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Music Producer at Eon Sounds Productions. Founder of Composers for Relief. Keeps Moving.

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