Hollywood’s annual awards season is officially underway with the Nov. 3 announcement of the nominations for The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs). The awards honor composers, songwriters, and music supervisors for their work in music for film, television, and videogames.
Kid Cudi has two songs in the running for song — feature film. He is nominated for co-writing “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall and “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up. His co-writers on “Guns Go Bang” are Jay-Z and Jeymes Samuel, who directed, scored, co-wrote and co-produced the acclaimed Western. His co-writers on “Just Look Up” are Nicholas Britell, who scored the film, Ariana Grande and Tara Stinson. Kid Cudi also sang both songs for those films as collabs. He and Jay-Z sang “Guns Go Bang.” He and Grande sang “Just Look Up.”
The 12 film awards are divided into five categories for songs and seven for scores.
Three films — King Richard, Don’t Look Up and No Time to Die — are nominated for both song — feature film and score — feature film. Britell is the only individual nominated in both of those marquee categories. He is nominated for scoring Don’t Look Up and for co-writing that film’s stand-out song, “Just Look Up.” Kris Bowers is nominated for scoring King Richard; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Dixson are nominated for co-writing that film’s key song, “Be Alive.” Hans Zimmer is nominated for scoring No Time to Die; Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connor are nominated for co-writing that film’s title song.
The HHMA added a new category this year, outstanding onscreen performance in a film. The category recognizes an on-screen performance of an outstanding song (original or pre-existing). Grande is nominated both in that category and for song – feature film for “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up.
Jennifer Hudson is also nominated in both categories, but with different songs from Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic in which she stars. She is nominated for song – feature film for “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which she co-wrote with Carole King and Jamie Hartman, and for outstanding onscreen performance in a film for her rendition of Franklin’s 1967 classic, “Respect.”
The other nominees for song – feature film not already named are “Every Letter” from Cyrano (Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Matt Berninger and Carin Besser) and “My Father’s Daughter” from Flag Day (Glen Hansard & Eddie Vedder).
The other nominees for score – feature film not already named are Nightmare Alley (Nathan Johnson), Stillwater (Mychael Danna), The French Dispatch (Alexandre Desplat), The Last Duel (Harry Gregson-Williams) and The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood).
Recent HMMA winners who went on to win Oscars include Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste for Soul, Hildur Guðnadóttir for Joker, Ludwig Göransson for Black Panther and Alexandre Desplat for The Shape Of Water, as well as songs from Judas & the Black Messiah, La La Land, A Star Is Born and more.
The awards will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. (PST).
For a list of nominees in all categories visit hmmawards.com.
Here are the nominations in the 12 film categories.
Song – feature film:
“Be Alive” from King Richard (Warner Bros.) – written by Dixson and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter; performed By Beyoncé
“Every Letter” from Cyrano (United Artists) – written by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Matt Berninger and Carin Besser; performed By Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett & Kelvin Harrison Jr.
“Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall (Netflix) – written by Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Shawn Carter (Jay-Z); performed by Kid Cudi and Jay-Z
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect (MGM) – written by Carole King, Jennifer Hudson & Jamie Hartman; performed By Jennifer Hudson
“Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up (Netflix) – written by Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi and Taura Stinson; performed by Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi
“My Father’s Daughter” from Flag Day (MGM) – written by Glen Hansard & Eddie Vedder; performed By Olivia Vedder
“No Time to Die” from No Time to Die (MGM) – written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell; performed by Billie Eilish
Song – animated film:
“Good Mood” from Paw Patrol (Paramount Pictures) – written by Karl Johan Schuster, Savan Kotecha, Oscar Gorres and Adam Levine; performed by Adam Levine
“Fearless (Valiente)” from Spirit Untamed (Universal Pictures) – written by Amie Doherty; performed by Isabela Merced & Eiza González
“Follow Me Home” from Arlo the Alligator Boy (Netflix) – written by Ryan Crego & Alex Geringas; performed By Mary Lambert & Michael J. Woodard
“On My Way” from The Mitchells Vs. the Machines (Iconic Events) – written by Alex Lahey, Sophie Payten and Gab Strum; produced by Gab Strum with Alex Lahey; performed by Alex Lahey.
“Together We Stand” from The Boss Baby: Family Business (Dreamworks) – written by Gary Barlow; performed by Ariana Greenblatt
“Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2 (Universal Pictures) – written by Bono; performed by U2
Song – documentary film:
“Breathe” from The First Wave (Neon) – written and performed by Jon Batiste
“Looking Up” from World Woman Hour (Internet) – written by Ryan Shore & Elizabeth Russo; performed by Angelica Hale
“(Never Gonna) Tame You” from The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses (Virgil Films) – written by Diane Warren; performed By Blanco Brown.
“Right Where I Belong” from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Screen Media Films) – written by Brian Wilson & Jim James; performed by Brian Wilson
“Secret Sister” from Rebel Hearts (Discovery+) – written and performed by Rufus Wainwright
“The Other Side Of The Rainbow” from Cured (Singer & Deschamps Productions) – written by Ian Honeyman and Tucker Murray Caploe; performed by Tucker And Ian Honeyman
Song – independent film:
“After Our Dawn” from After We Fell (Vertical Entertainment) – written by George Kallis, Castille Landon, Nicolas Farmakalidis, Ryan Steffes, George Solonos, Taylor Conrod; performed By Taylor Conrod
“Because Love” from Love Is Love Is Love (Blue Fox Entertainment) – written by Rita Wilson and Laura Karpman; performed By Rita Wilson
“Beyond the Shore” from CODA (Apple TV+) – written by Nick Baxter, Siân Heder, Marius De Vries, Matt Dahan; performed By Emilia Jones
“Down to Joy” from Belfast (Focus Features) – written and performed by Van Morrison
“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days (Vertical Entertainment) – written by Diane Warren; performed by Reba McEntire
Song – onscreen performance (award to on-screen performer):
Amandla Stenberg – “The Anonymous Ones” from Dear Evan Hansen (Universal Pictures) written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Amandla Stenberg
Anthony Ramos and Leslie Grace featuring Marc Anthony – “Home All Summer” from In The Heights (Warner Bros.) written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Anya Taylor-Joy – “Downtown” from Last Night in Soho (Focus Features) written by Tony Hatch
Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi – “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up (Netflix) written by Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi and Tara Stinson
Emilia Jones – “Both Sides Now” from CODA (Apple TV+) written by Joni Mitchell.
Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Scott Folan & Chorus – “Whenever I Fall” from Cyrano (United Artists) written by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Matt Berninger and Carin Besser
Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & Saycon Sengbloh – “Respect” from Respect (MGM) written by Otis Redding
Score – feature film:
Don’t Look Up (Netflix) – Nicholas Britell
King Richard (Warner Bros.) – Kris Bowers
Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures) – Nathan Johnson
No Time to Die (MGM) – Hans Zimmer
Stillwater (Focus Features) – Mychael Danna
The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures) – Alexandre Desplat
The Last Duel (Walt Disney Studios) – Harry Gregson-Williams
The Power of the Dog (Netflix) – Jonny Greenwood
Score – animated film:
Spirit Untamed (Universal) – Amie Doherty
The Addams Family 2 (MGM) – Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
The Loud House Movie (Netflix) – Philip White
Vivo (Sony Pictures) – Alex Lacamoire
Luca (Walt Disney Studios) – Dan Romer
The Mitchells Vs. the Machines (Iconic Events) – Mark Mothersbaugh
Score – sci-fi/fantasy:
Black Widow (Walt Disney Studios) – Lorne Balfe
Dune (Warner Bros.) – Hans Zimmer
Cinderella (Amazon) – Mychael Danna & Jessica Rose Weiss
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Walt Disney Studios) – Joel P West
The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.) – John Murphy
Score – horror film:
A Quiet Place II (Paramount Pictures) – Marco Beltrami
Army of the Dead (Netflix) – Tom Holkenborg
In the Earth (Neon) – Clint Mansell
Last Night in Soho (Focus Features) – Steven Price
Old (Universal Pictures) – Trevor Gureckis
Score – documentary film:
14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible (Netflix) – Nainita Desai
Becoming Cousteau (Picturehouse) – Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans
Julia (CNN Films) – Rachel Portman
Operation Varsity Blues (Netflix) – Leopold Ross, Nick Chuba, Atticus Ross
Oslo (HBO) – Jeff Russo and Zoë Keating
Strip Down, Rise Up (Netflix) – Lili Haydn
The Rescue (Natgeo) – Daniel Pemberton
Score – independent film:
C’mon C’mon (The Searchers) – Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner
CODA (Apple Tv+) – Marius De Vries
Nine Days (Spe) – Antonio Pinto
The Card Counter (Focus Features) – Robert Levon Been & Giancarlo Vulcano
The Green Knight (A24) – Daniel Hart
The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24) – Carter Burwell
Score – independent film (foreign language):
A Cross in the Desert (Aleksandrija Film) – Ana Krstajic
Beneath the Banyan Tree (Lerfilm) – Wei-San Hsu
Blast Beat (Vertical Entertainment) – David Murillo R.
El Hoyo en la Cerca (Cine Canibal) – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Parallel Mothers (Sony Pictures Classics) – Alberto Iglesias