Today’s Grammy Winner; Tomorrow’s Classic Theme Song

Grammy_2 Music can define a movie—even one that isn’t a musical—as handily as a performance or cinematography. Think Superfly, Saturday Night Fever or The Big Chill if you’re feeling skeptical. Those are three classic films that would be nothing without their scores. The notion has become such an accepted part of popular culture that the Grammy Awards added Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media as a categoroy back in 1999. While on rare occassions, the actual theme song has become so popular it won Best Record of the Year like Henry Mancini’s title song from The Pink Panther and Simon & Garfunkel’s "Mrs. Robinson" from The Graduate, usually the highest honors a film composer is going to get is Best Score Soundtrack or Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. A lot of the nominated songs this year, like those from Happy Feet and Dreamgirls, may seem old. That’s because the nomination period covers October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007. We’re just hoping the winner is a tune that sounds timeless more than tired.

Hit the next page for a look at all the nominees in these categories.

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • Across The Universe
    Various Artists
    [Interscope Records]
  • Dreamgirls
    Various Artists
    [Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax]
  • Hairspray
    Various Artists
    [New Line Records]
  • Love
    The Beatles
    [Apple Records/Capitol Records]
  • Once
    Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
    [Canvasback/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax]
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

  • Babel
    Gustavo Santaolalla, composer
    [Concord Records]
  • Blood Diamond
    James Newton Howard, composer
    [Varese Sarabande]
  • The Departed
    Howard Shore, composer
    [New Line Records]
  • Happy Feet
    John Powell, composer
    [Warner Sunset/Atlantic]
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
    Javier Navarrete, composer
    [Milan Records]
  • Ratatouille
    Michael Giacchino, composer
    [Walt Disney Records]
  • Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • "Falling Slowly" from Once
    Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, songwriters (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova)
    [Canvasback/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax; Publisher: Copyright Control]
  • "Guaranteed" from Into The Wild
    Eddie Vedder, songwriter (Eddie Vedder)
    [J Records; Publisher: Monkey Wrench]
  • "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls
    Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger, songwriters
    [Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax; Publishers: Miroku Music/Williamson Music/Black Chick Music Publishing, SKG Songs] 
  • "The Song Of The Heart" from Happy Feet
    Prince Rogers Nelson, songwriter
    [Warner Sunset/Atlantic; Publishers: Controversy Music/Universal Music Corp.] 
  • "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale
    David Arnold & Chris Cornell
    [Suretone/Interscope Records; Publishers: Disappearing One/EMI April Music/UA Music/New Columbia Pictures Music, Thrust/Magnum Music/Bucks Music/United Lion Music/Colpix Music] 
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