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Emmy Music Race Goes Down to the Wire: A Complete Guide to the Nominees in All Seven Music Categories

Emmy Music Race Goes Down to the Wire: A Complete Guide to the Nominees in All Seven Music Categories
As Emmy voting draws to a close, the 2020 music nominations span rookies to regulars. Martin Phipps landed his sixth nomination overall for the dramatic score to Netflix’s “The Crown.” Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and his scoring partner Atticus Ross nabbed a nomination for their first series, HBO’s “Watchmen.” Emmy fave “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” grabbed another music supervision nom, while composers Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore landed their first for music and lyrics.

There is a wealth of music nominated across different sounds and genres. Variety breaks it all down in the annual Emmy chart.

Music Composition for a Series

"The Crown" (Netflix)

Composer: Martin Phipps

Pedigree: Six previous nominations

“Aberfan”

Vibe: Solo horn for a grieving Elizabeth; choir for mourning Welsh village

"Euphoria" (HBO)

Composer: Labrinth

Pedigree: First nomination (two this year)

“’03 Bonnie and Clyde

Vibe: Contemporary sounds complement teen sex-and-drugs drama

"The Mandalorian" (Disney Plus
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Pharrell, Jay-Z Challenge Systemic Racism on New Song ‘Entrepreneur’

Pharrell, Jay-Z Challenge Systemic Racism on New Song ‘Entrepreneur’
Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams reunite on “Entrepreneur,” which the pair released Thursday at midnight. The song is accompanied by a new music video that spotlights black men and women, including Tyler, the Creator and Issa Rae, who have started their own businesses.

“Entrepreneur” is “all about how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with,” Pharrell told Time. “Especially as someone of color, there [are] a lot of systemic disadvantages and purposeful blockages. How can you get a fire started, or even the hope of an ember to start a fire,
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‘Watchmen,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Euphoria’ Tunesmiths on Defining Character Through Songs

‘Watchmen,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Euphoria’ Tunesmiths on Defining Character Through Songs
Emmys’ song category (officially original music and lyrics) embraces a wide spectrum of tunes, from amusing late-night trifles to powerful concluding anthems. This year the Television Academy’s voting members chose seven worthy songs penned by Oscar winners, Grammy winners and more.

The Black Godfather

(Netflix)

When Clarence Avant’s daughter, Nicole, asked songwriter Pharrell Williams to consider writing an end-title song for the documentary about the music executive’s life, he confesses, “I thought I knew this man’s legacy. I had no idea his fingerprint was on so many things we all benefit from.” So, with fellow songwriter Chad Hugo, he penned “Letter to My Godfather,” drawing inspiration from many musical genres, “to reflect his eclectic reach in terms of business and influence.” The lyrics — “he’s our chandelier, to bring the light” — were Williams’ metaphor for Avant’s ability to throw open the doors to “these often
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Trent Reznor, Pharrell, RZA Among Musicians Nominated for Emmys

Trent Reznor, Pharrell, RZA Among Musicians Nominated for Emmys
Trent Reznor, Pharrell and the RZA are among a handful of musicians to score Emmy nominations this year for their work on various television programs.

Reznor and his long-time musical partner Atticus Ross picked up their first two Emmy nominations for their work on Watchmen, the hit miniseries that led all nominees this year with 26. Reznor and Ross’ score for the show is up for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series/Movie, while their classic jazz pastiche, “The Way It Used To Be,” earned a look for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
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Emmy Music Nominations Include Dual Score/Song Nods for Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Labrinth; Nathan Barr Earns Three (See Complete List)

Emmy Music Nominations Include Dual Score/Song Nods for Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Labrinth; Nathan Barr Earns Three (See Complete List)
This year’s Emmy nominees in the seven music categories include such familiar scoring names as Ludwig Göransson, Pinar Toprak, Nicholas Britell, Mark Isham and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross as well as figures from the pop world like Pharrell Williams, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Ingrid Michaelson, Sheila E and the RZA.

Labrinth joined Reznor and Ross in being nominated in both song and score categories. The latter Nine Inch Nails members (and Oscar winners for “The Social Network”) are up for scoring “Watchmen” as well as contributing an original 1940s-themed song (“The Way It Used to Be”) to the HBO limited series. Labrinth’s two noms are for Showtime’s “Euphoria,” which earned him both a series dramatic score nomination and a song nod (“All for Us”).

Nathan Barr has the most nominations in the music categories, with three. He’s up against himself in the main title theme category,
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Deadmau5 Teams With the Neptunes for Slinky New Song, ‘Pomegranate’

Deadmau5 Teams With the Neptunes for Slinky New Song, ‘Pomegranate’
Deadmau5 and the Neptunes have shared a slick new song, “Pomegranate,” which will appear on the superstar electronic-music producer’s next album.

The track boasts a steady funk bounce that anchors an array of bright synths; it threads the needle between disco, R&b and festival-ready electro-pop. It’s also exactly the kind of instrumental perfectly suited for Pharell, who drapes the song in his silky croon, singing, “You’re making faces, probably so mad/We’re in the ocean, waves are rolling in your eyes/Pulses high, the heart
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Rihanna reunites with The Neptunes for upcoming album

Rihanna reunites with The Neptunes for upcoming album
Rihanna has finally assured her fans that she will be releasing her new music soon. The Fenty CEO recently revealed that she is back in the studio and is currently working with The Neptunes.

The 31-year-old "Diamonds" singer who had been trolling her fans with jokes about her much-awaited new album, took a break to assure her devoted fans that new music is actually in the works.

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RiRi took to her Instagram on Thursday evening where she revealed that she and The Neptunes are working together for her next album.

"Gang. Back in da Stu," she wrote in the caption along with a snapshot of a soundboard that looks like it was taken inside a recording studio that said The Neptunes. The pic also suggests that she might be collaborating with The Neptunes -- Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo's hip
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Pharrell Williams Boards Pro-Skateboarder Feature ‘North Hollywood’ As Producer

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Pharrell Williams Boards Pro-Skateboarder Feature ‘North Hollywood’ As Producer
Exclusive: Thirteen-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams has signed on to produce the Mikey Alfred-directed drama North Hollywood, which is billed as being the first movie ever about becoming a pro skateboarder.

The film was submitted to Sundance but was rejected. Instead of letting that stop everyone involved, the filmmakers decided to hold their own buyers screening, which is set for Thursday in Los Angeles. They posted that news on Instagram and are generating great buzz (see below).

Williams will produce with Mimi Valdés, Malcolm Washington, Kevin Turen, Harrison Kreiss, and Carmen Cuba. North Hollywood stars Ryder McLaughlin, Aramis Hudson, Nico Hiraga, Miranda Cosgrove, Angus Cloud and Vince Vaughn.

Williams has produced some notable movies including Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance and Cannes feature Dope; 20th Century Fox’s $236M-grossing Hidden Figures, for which Williams received an Oscar Best Picture nomination; and the 2017 biopic Roxanne, Roxanne, about
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Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, Pharrell and more joining Songwriters Hall of Fame: One sweet, happy day for the inductees

Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, Pharrell and more joining Songwriters Hall of Fame: One sweet, happy day for the inductees
On January 16 the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its list of artists being inducted for 2020: Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, The Neptunes, Rick Nowels and William “Mickey” Stevenson. The 51st annual induction ceremony will take place on June 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

The announcement of Carey’s induction comes just a couple of weeks after “All I Want for Christmas is You” became her 19th number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, extending her record for solo artists — only The Beatles have more number-ones, as they amassed 20 over the course of their careers. Carey’s achievement is even more impressive when you consider that she co-wrote 18 of those hits. The only one she didn’t have a hand in composing was “I’ll Be There,” her cover of a Jackson 5 hit.

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Mariah Carey, Steve Miller, Neptunes Among 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

Mariah Carey, Steve Miller, Neptunes Among 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees
Mariah Carey, the Isley Brothers, Eurythmics and Steve Miller are among the 2020 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, Lana Del Rey collaborator Rick Nowels, and Motown great William “Mickey” Stevenson will also receive the honor during a June 11th ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis.

Nile Rodgers — who was appointed chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019 — said of the 2020 class in a statement: “The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing
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Clipse, Foo Fighters, Post Malone Lead Pharrell’s Something in the Water Fest

Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Chance the Rapper and a reunion of the hip-hop duo Clipse highlight Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival, rolling into the producer’s native Virginia Beach, Virginia, on April 24th through 26th, 2020

Tyler the Creator, Beck (who worked with Williams on his new LP Hyperspace), Migos, H.E.R., Brittany Howard, A$AP Rocky, Williams’ Neptunes cohort Chad Hugo and an all-star collaboration dubbed Pharrell & Friends are also on the lineup for the second annual festival, which Williams curates.

Following an already sold-out “Locals Only” presale, tickets
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Pharrell Williams Performs Original Song "Letter to My Godfather" at Netflix Soundcheck Event

Pharrell Williams Performs Original Song
Thirteen-time Grammy-winning artist and producer Pharrell Williams on Monday performed a new original song, "Letter to My Godfather," for Soundcheck: A Netflix Film & Series Music Showcase presented by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams wrote the song along with his Neptunes producing partner Chad Hugo for Netflix's original film The Black Godfather, which follows the life of music executive Clarence Avant. Featuring Williams' Auto-Tuned vocals backed by a choir, the track honors Avant and the music industry greats he was responsible for ushering in.

“The people who gave me my opportunities were people that he walked into the game,...
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Pharrell Reflects on ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit Verdict: ‘You Can’t Copyright a Feeling’

Pharrell Reflects on ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit Verdict: ‘You Can’t Copyright a Feeling’
Pharrell reflects on losing the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial — and disagreeing with the outcome — in a new interview with Rick Rubin for GQ.

In a lengthy legal battle that concluded in 2018, a judge ruled that Pharrell, the song’s producer/co-writer, and singer/co-writer Robin Thicke would have to pay just shy of $5 million to the family of late singer Marvin Gaye over similarities between Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” But in the GQ video segment, Pharrell maintains that the two tracks only share a “feeling,
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Original Song Oscar Race Starts to Come Into Focus

Original Song Oscar Race Starts to Come Into Focus
Filmmakers and studios are still scrambling to complete their holiday releases, and not all of the songs you’ll be hearing about during awards season are set. But at least a dozen tunes are in contention for that all-important Oscar shortlist to be revealed Dec. 16.

Although the new song Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote for “Cats” is under wraps, it’s already looming large. Swift “really has understood the central message [of ‘Cats’] in the “very sophisticated lyric” she wrote for “Beautiful Ghosts,” Lloyd Webber tells Variety, “and it’s entirely written for the dramatic situation.” It first appears sung by lead actress Francesca Hayward, later in a reprise by Judi Dench, and finally over the end credits by Swift herself.

Five contenders are from Disney. Topping that list is “Into the Unknown,” another showcase for Idina Menzel in “Frozen 2.” You can never count out two-time Oscar winner Randy Newman,
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N.E.R.D Reissue ‘In Search Of…’ With ‘Electronic’ Version, Trent Reznor Remix

N.E.R.D Reissue ‘In Search Of…’ With ‘Electronic’ Version, Trent Reznor Remix
N.E.R.D will reissue their debut album In Search Of… with a rerelease that boasts both the “rock” and “electronic” versions of the LP as well as rare remixes and live cuts.

The deluxe reissue, out both digitally and a 4-lp set on October 25th, features the original European “electronic” version of the album, released briefly in August 2001, and the album’s American market rock-oriented redo that arrived in March 2002; the “rock” In Search Off… – which excised the album’s “Intro” and skits and found the NeptunesPharrell Williams
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Pharrell Williams Pays Tribute to Clarence Avant on New Song ‘Letter To My Godfather’

Pharrell Williams Pays Tribute to Clarence Avant on New Song ‘Letter To My Godfather’
Pharrell Williams pays tribute to influential music executive Clarence Avant in the producer-singer’s new track “Letter to My Godfather,” a song from the Netflix documentary The Black Godfather.

“Clarence Avant connects us all through his incredible impact since before I was born up until now,” Williams said in a statement. “He’s the godfather to so many of us – and not just African Americans, most of the industry.”

“We have to love him now / While he’s still here / For all that he’s done / Before the moment disappears,
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Diplo and Other Coachella Veterans Tell Us About Their Favorite Festival Essentials

There isn’t an official calendar, but for most people, Coachella marks the start of festival season and the kickoff to six months of music, art and dancing that spans multiple genres, artists and locations.

This year’s Coachella lineup features headliners Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala, along with performers like Solange, Khalid, Janelle Monae and K-pop sensations, Blackpink.

Though it started as a laidback rock festival in the California desert, Coachella is now known as much for its parties as it is for its music. We spoke
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Recording Academy Premieres New Tone in ‘We Are Music’ Campaign, Featuring Swizz Beatz, H.E.R., More (Watch)

Recording Academy Premieres New Tone in ‘We Are Music’ Campaign, Featuring Swizz Beatz, H.E.R., More (Watch)
After a challenging first half of 2018, the Recording Academy has premiered a new tone in a campaign entitled “We Are Music,” which was directed by Danny Clinch and features Swizz Beatz, H.E.R., Chad Hugo, Ann Mincieli and Rickey Minor and was serviced to members Monday morning. The tone is looser and less formal than the organization’s recent messaging — and perhaps most strikingly, especially in light of the recent criticism the Academy has weathered over a lack of diversity, no white males appear in the video.

The message accompanying the video reads as follows:

Greetings,

It’s important for us to celebrate the people who create music every day, the people who are the lifeblood of the Recording Academy.

That’s why we developed the first-ever Recording Academy campaign to shine a light on the professional performers, songwriters, producers, and engineers who make up our community.

Directed by renowned photographer/videographer Danny Clinch,
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Justin Timberlake Will Wear Custom Stella McCartney for Super Bowl Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake Will Wear Custom Stella McCartney for Super Bowl Halftime Show
There are a few things we already know about Justin Timberlake‘s highly anticipated Super Bowl Halftime show. He will sing his hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” there won’t be an ‘Nsync reunion (or a Janet Jackson appearance or Prince hologram performance) and he’ll be dressed in head-to-toe Stella McCartney.

The designer released a statement on Friday announcing that the star will be wearing custom designed pieces for his big night. And based on the sketches, there will be two different looks which vibe with the aesthetic of his new album Man of the Woods.

The first
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Justin Timberlake Reveals How His 2½-Year-Old Son Inspired New Man of the Woods Album's Name

Justin Timberlake Reveals How His 2½-Year-Old Son Inspired New Man of the Woods Album's Name
Fatherhood has changed everything for Justin Timberlake — including his music.

The singer’s upcoming Man of the Woods is his first new album since welcoming son Silas Randall with wife Jessica Biel in April 2015, and the 2½-year-old served as an unexpected inspiration.

Timberlake told Beats 1‘s Zane Lowe that he was talking with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D. about where to begin with the new music when they began to chat about parenthood.

“I named after my grandfather and my great-grandfather. My parents divorced when I was young, my grandfather was very much a father figure to me,
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