Emmys: Nominations in music categories show more diversity




		Emmys: Nominations in music categories show more diversity

The music arm of the Television Academy is leading the way for diversity at the awards show. Forty-six percent of this year’s nominees in music categories are women, people of color, or both.

Nine of the 41 nominees are women, 22%; 13 of the 41 are people of color, almost one third. Although the female contingent is down slightly from last year (27% were women), the percentage of people of color has increased significantly (from a fifth of last year’s nominees).

Female songwriters are nominated in five of the seven music categories; people of color, in six of the seven. It’s an almost complete denial of the white male power structure that the studios have promoted for years, keeping women and people of color out of the competition for top jobs.

The people responsible for the Academy are delighted.

Music Governors Jeff Russo and Sherri Chung released this statement: “We are thrilled with the representation on this year’s list of nominees. Not only is it a great testament to the importance of diversity and inclusion within our music community, but it’s also an example of how our industry has taken steps to seek new unheard voices to meet the demand for more content creation.”

Siddhartha Khosla became the first South Asian composer – and indeed a rare case for any composer – to be nominated in three categories: Score for Series and Theme Song (both for Hulu’s “Only Murders In the Building”) and song ( “This Is Us” by NBC).

Terence Blanchard, one of America’s leading black singers, received his first Emmy nomination for the Apple+ documentary “They Call Me Magic”; Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih was recognized for scoring the Marvel series “Moon Knight” and British-Indian composer Nainita Desai earned a nomination for the Netflix documentary “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible”.

Chilean Cristóbal Tapia de Veer received two nominations (limited series score and theme song) for “The White Lotus”, while South Korean composer Jung Jae-il was cited for his theme for “Squid Game”. Not to mention Zendaya and Labrinth’s two song nominations for “Euphoria,” Rickey Minor’s two Music Direction nominations for “The Kennedy Center Honors,” and Adam Blackstone’s third nomination for Music Direction of a Show during the Super Bowl .

Natalie Holt earned two nominations for “Loki” (series soundtrack, theme song), one with Jessica Jones for “The Tindler Swindler,” and no less than four women were among the seven nominees for music supervision (Jen Malone for “Euphoria”, Robin. Urdang for “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Nora Felder for “Strange Things” and Janet Lopez for “The White Lotus”).

“The industry as a whole is making a concerted effort to turn the tide,” says Russo (“Star Trek: Discovery”). “More women, more people of color, are doing these jobs, and they’re doing great work. The Academy recognizes great work; that’s what we do.”

Surprisingly, Russo says he expected it: “Not as governor, but as a composer and as someone who voted, I saw what was happening. We are very happy.”

Chung (“Kung Fu”), the Academy’s first female music governor, adds: “For someone like me who is a woman and a person of color, it’s great to see the change in representation.

“Different stories – and diversity in directors and writers and producers and show producers – lend themselves to allowing new voices to be heard on the music side. To me, this is an example of the awareness of the need, and also of the need . a great example of the work our industry as a whole is doing: our awareness, willingness and desire to celebrate good work, no matter who believes it.”

Raashi Kulkarni, Executive Director of the Alliance for Women Film Composers says: “This is an exciting time where underrepresented artists from diverse backgrounds are starting to gain recognition in our industry. Although there is still work to be done, progress is being made. to showcase and celebrate diverse talent and perspectives.”

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