‘Game of Thrones’ concert tour: Will Emmy-snubbed composer Ramin Djawadi finally win in 2018?

Emmy Awards voters showered “Game of Thrones” with a leading 23 nominations last year, but composer Ramin Djawadi was once again snubbed in Best Music Composition. Since the new season of “Game of Thrones” doesn’t premiere until July 16 on HBO, it’s ineligible for the current Emmy cycle. However, Djawadi may have a leg up at the 2018 Emmys thanks to his wildly popular nationwide concert tour that includes a full orchestra, vocal choir and clips from the show.

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The inaugural concert kicked off in Kansas City, Missouri on February 15 and then began criss-crossing the country in cities like Las Vegas (where I attended a sold-out show), Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Tickets are still on sale now for the remaining four nights of this nationwide “Game of Thrones” concert tour. They are:

March 29 — San Jose, California at SAP Center

March 31 — Seattle, Washington at KeyArena

April 1 — Vancouver, British Columbia at Rogers Arena

April 2 — Portland, Oregon at Moda Center

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An Emmy nom last year for Djawadi’s music would have brought “Game of Thrones” to 24 bids, tying its series-high tally from 2015. I happen to think Emmy voters made a major gaff by snubbing Djawadi. His work in Season 6 was more than worthy of a nomination, particularly for the orchestral score that played over the deadly first 15 minutes of the season finale — a track that’s showcased at the end of the concert.

Even more startling is that Djawadi was skunked for the fantasy show’s iconic main title music when it was eligible back in Season 1. That’s right, in 2011 Emmy voters decided that they liked the themes for “Any Human Heart,” “Camelot,” “Episodes,” “The Kennedys,” “Mildred Pierce” and eventual winner “The Borgias” more than the endlessly hummable “Game of Thrones” tune.

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Despite working on “Game of Thrones” for six years, Djawadi has only been nominated once, in 2014 when he lost to Alan Silvestri for “Cosmos.” He was also nominated for the “Prison Break” main title theme in 2006 and also for the “Flashforward” dramatic score in 2010. In other words, TV academy members know who he is, they just don’t think his “Game of Thrones” music is particularly Emmy-worthy.

Even though “Game of Thrones” won’t be on the Emmy ballot this year, Djawadi’s other works should be. He composes the score and main title theme for HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld” that aired to critical acclaim last fall. He’s also returning to score the new “Prison Break” continuation on Fox, and he composes the music for “The Strain” on FX.

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