Mark Ronson is no stranger to awards season — with his Grammy track record as 2008 producer of the year and a two-time record of the year winner (Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” in 2008 and “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars in 2016) — but that didn’t make him any less excited to discover he’d been nominated for his first Golden Globe on Thursday (Dec. 6), with “Shallow” from A Star Is Born nabbing a best original song – motion picture nomination.
So how did the British producer find out about the honor? “By furiously refreshing my Internet browser every 30 seconds,” he jokes to Billboard on Thursday. But he doesn’t have one of those “waking up to a million messages” stories since his day had already begun in the U.K. “I’m actually in England, so it was kind of a civilized time, because you always see these people: ‘I woke up, my agent was yelling into my answering machine at 5 in the morning!’ This was a little more, like, civilized hour, but it was still so exciting.”
Ronson shares the nomination with his “Shallow” co-writers: Lady Gaga — who performs the duet in the film alongside co-star and director Bradley Cooper — Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando. “First thing, I texted Anthony and Andrew, who I wrote the song with, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper,” Ronson says of his post-nomination to-do list. “I just thanked them for making this insane movie that’s so beautiful and the performance is so amazing that it makes people love the song like this.
“I mean, I love this song,” he continues. “Like, I really do. I can say that. I have distance from songs; I know some things I’ve done are pretty good, some things are mediocre, some things are really good. That song [‘Shallow’] always felt pretty special just because of where it was in her voice and the emotion and what she was trying to say for the film.”
Ronson had already been working with Gaga on her most recent album, 2016’s Joanne, when the opportunity to write some music for her A Star Is Born alter ego Ally came up during the sessions. Even though Ronson had label people breathing down his neck for Gaga singles, he knew the brief detour writing for the soundtrack was an important one.
“The minute that we wrote ‘Shallow,’ there was definitely this sense that there was something kind of special about that song,” he says. “I don’t really know why that song has … it’s like emotion. I think it was Anthony, Andrew, myself, Gaga — everybody’s kind of like, even though we’re writing for the film, everybody’s personal life experience is in that song somehow. I can only speak for myself, but I was going through quite a difficult time at that moment, and that’s when for me, my better music comes out.”
A Star Is Born also earned Golden Globes nominations for best picture – drama and best actor and actress in a drama for Gaga and Cooper, among other nods. “Shallow” will compete against Annie Lennox’s “Requiem for a Private War” from A Private War, Troye Sivan and Jonsi’s “Revelation” from Boy Erased, Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from Black Panther and Dolly Parton’s “Girl in the Movies” from Dumplin’ when the Golden Globes broadcast live Jan. 6 on NBC. See the full list of nominations here.