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December 3, 2009 Updated: December 17, 2009
Grammy Nominations Announced
Composer Giacchino Up for four nominations by Jon Burlingame

Michael Giacchino

LOS ANGELES—Composer Michael Giacchino scored four nominations in three different categories as the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, Dec. 2, by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Giacchino, already a front-runner for Oscar attention this season, received two nods in the Best Score Soundtrack category, for his music for Up and Star Trek. In addition, tracks from his Up album were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition ("Married Life") and Best Instrumental Arrangement ("Up With End Credits").

The film/TV categories reflected a diversity of talent and included both Oscar winners and those who were snubbed at Oscar time earlier this year. The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was among the Best Compilation Soundtrack nominees, and "Jai Ho" ranked among the Best Song nominees. Slumdog composer A.R. Rahman took home Oscars for both song and score in February.

Also nominated in the song category were Bruce Springsteen's title song from The Wrestler – the most-cited tune from last year's list of songs that didn't make the final cut – and "Once in a Lifetime" from Cadillac Records, a Beyonce song that was heavily promoted before the Oscars. Both were nominated for Golden Globes, and Springsteen won.

The nominations include both late-2008 and early-2009 record releases, so the Oscar and Grammy eligiblity years overlap. Thus, last year's Twilight and Cadillac Records soundtracks compete with this year's Inglourious Basterds soundtrack and the album from TV's True Blood series.

This year's Classical Crossover category contained no film-related albums, as it often does. But Golden Age film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold received an acknowledgement in classical music's Best Instrumental Soloist category, for violinist Philippe Quint's performance of Korngold's violin concerto on the Naxos label. The violin concerto, written in 1945, contains themes from several of the composer's Warner Bros. movies including Anthony Adverse, Another Dawn and The Prince and the Pauper.

This year's Grammy lineup in the "film/TV/visual media" categories:

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (Award to the Artist[s] and/or Producer[s] of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual[s] actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)

  • Cadillac Records
  • Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • True Blood
  • Twilight
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (Award to Composer[s] for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Disc 1)
    Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
    Nicholas Hooper, composer
  • Milk
    Danny Elfman, composer
  • Star Trek
    Michael Giacchino, composer
  • Up
    Michael Giacchino, composer
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (A Songwriter[s] award. For a song [melody & lyrics] written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. Artist names appear in parentheses.)

  • "All Is Love" from Where the Wild Things Are*
    Karen O & Nick Zinner (Karen O & the Kids)
  • "Decode" from Twilight
    Josh Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore)
  • "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire
    Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters (A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)
  • "Once In A Lifetime" from Cadillac Records
    Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon & Jody Street, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "The Wrestler" from The Wrestler
    Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
* The Miley Cyrus song "The Climb," from Hannah Montana: The Movie, was disqualified as not having been written specifically for the film.

©2009 Jon Burlingame
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