Hollywood is dancing to the music of Gotham City, the Capitol and the Muppet Theater this week as "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hunger Games" and, of course, "The Muppets" are among the films to receive nominations from the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
The Grammys consist of no less than 81 (!) categories, and at least three of them are dedicated to honoring the music of Visual Media. Except for a Best Song nomination for the television series "Smash" and a Best Score Soundtrack nomination for the video game "Journey," theatrical films dominate the nominees this year.
"The Hunger Games" and "The Muppets" lead the pack with two nominations each, with "Games" receiving Best Song nods for "Abraham's Daughter" and Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound" and "The Muppets" receiving a Best Song nod for "Man or Muppet" as well as a nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack.
Hans Zimmer's thunderous score for Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," earned a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack, as did Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' intense work on "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (which also received a nomination for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package). It's not all doom and gloom in that category, though, as the soaring, sweeping scores for both "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Hugo" are also nominated.
The nominees in the Visual Media categories are below, and you can view the complete (and very long) list of nominations at the official site of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 10.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
[Sony Classical/Fox Music]
(Bob Marley & The Wailers)
"Midnight in Paris"
[Madison Gate Records, Inc.]
[Walt Disney Records]
"Rock of Ages"
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
"The Adventures of Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn"
John Williams, composer
Ludovic Bource, composer
"The Dark Knight Rises"
Hans Zimmer, composer
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
Howard Shore, composer
Austin Wintory, composer
[Sony Computer Entertainment America]
Best Song Written For Visual Media
"Abraham's Daughter" (From "The Hunger Games")
T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, songwriters (Arcade Fire)
[Universal Republic; Publishers: Régine Chassagne, Absurd Music, Win Butler, Henry Burnett Music, Baffle Music]
"Learn Me Right" (From "Brave")
Mumford & Sons, songwriters (Birdy & Mumford & Sons)
[Walt Disney Records/Pixar; Publisher: Pixar Talking Pictures]
"Let Me Be Your Star" (From "Smash")
Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, songwriters (Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty)
[Columbia; Publishers: Winding Brook Way Music, Walli Woo Entertainment]
"Man or Muppet" (From "The Muppets")
Bret McKenzie, songwriter (Jason Segel & Walter)
[Walt Disney; Publisher: Fuzzy Muppet Songs]
"Safe & Sound" (From "The Hunger Games")
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters
(Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)
[Big Machine Records/Universal Republic; Publishers: Sony ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music, Sensibility Songs, Absurd Music, Shiny Happy Music, Baffle Music, Henry Burnett Music]