The Disney musical “Frozen” is the only film nominated across all three Grammy races for film and television music: Best Visual Media Compilation, Score, and Song. Will it win the Compilation category on the strength of its massive record sales and ubiquitous crossover hit “Let it Go”? Or can legendary singer James Brown surprise?
The producers of the “Frozen” soundtrack include songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won an Oscar for “Let It Go,” and that’s good news when you consider other films with Oscar-winning music that previously won here, like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Crazy Heart.”
But that doesn’t necessarily make “Frozen” a slam dunk. It faces “Get On Up,” the soundtrack for the 2014 biopic about famed singer James Brown, which includes some of the artist’s classic studio recordings and live performances. The late Brown was highly regarded by the recording academy, with two competitive Grammy wins and a 1991 Lifetime Achievement Award. That could help “Get On Up” in this contest.
Other celebrated musicians have also prevailed here, including the Beatles in 2007 for “Love,” which beat Oscar-winning musicals “Dreamgirls” and “Once.” This factor may also have contributed to recent victories for “Ray” (from the 2004 Ray Charles biopic) and “Walk the Line” (from the 2005 film about Johnny Cash and June Carter).
The remaining nominees are film soundtracks featuring music from their respective periods. “American Hustle,” whose compilation album is produced by Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell, features ’70s songs by artists including Elton John, Donna Summer, and the Bee Gees.
“The Wolf of Wall Street,” from Martin Scorsese‘s biographical crime film about con artist Jordan Belfort‘s exploits during the ’80s and ’90s, features music by Billy Joel, Bo Diddley, and the Lemonheads.
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1,” from the blockbuster sci-fi film, is produced by director James Gunn and is based on the mix tape carried by hero Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in the film. It features well-known songs like “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, “Cherry Bomb” by the Runaways, and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Tammi Terrell.
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