Should Singers Be Awared with Songwriters in “Best Original Song”?

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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    This is something that my mother has asked me frequently about the Best Original Song category, citing the example of how Celine Dion was vital in making “My Heart Will Go On” as beloved as it was. And I thought I’d ask the wise people at GoldDerby whether or not they think that’s true too? 

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    Joe Burns
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    As a singer myself,  I think we should be honored.  I mean, we’re interpreting the music and making it memorable as well as making it our own. I think both the writers and the performers should be honored.  

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    I mean when you look at it yes. The singer brings the song to life technically so I would.

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    tennisfreak
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    Except what about in cases where the work is performed in choral form or not with any discernible lead singers (“Ave Satani” from The Omen for example)? Or what if “Blame Canada” had rightly won? Also this disrespects every other musician who works on a recording. If the singer gets a statuette then so should everyone on the recording. The current rule exists in a branch composed of writers for writers. If the performers want an award, wait until the Grammys.

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    Alex Bustillos
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    Yes, but only the original singers, like Angela Lansbury instead of Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for “Beauty and the Beast”.

     

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    Alex Bustillos
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    Except what about in cases where the work is performed in choral form or not with any discernible lead singers (“Ave Satani” from The Omen for example)? Or what if “Blame Canada” had rightly won? Also this disrespects every other musician who works on a recording. If the singer gets a statuette then so should everyone on the recording. The current rule exists in a branch composed of writers for writers. If the performers want an award, wait until the Grammys.

    Well, they could give it to the chorus as if it were a group. Just one Oscar for the performance.

    And the Grammys only rewards songwriters for Best Original Song. “The award goes to the composer(s) of the winning song, not to the performing artist(s) (except if the artist is also the composer).” 

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    Philip
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    If they made this rule change people would flip out. They already hate this category enough. The singer doesn’t deserve an Oscar because he or she isn’t the songwriter.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Looking at Oscar history, there are a number of pluses and minuses to such a proposal.

    On the positive side, GoldDerbyites have often lamented that Doris Day doesn’t receive an honorary Oscar. With the singer receiving the Oscar as well, Doris would have two Oscars for singing the Best Songs “Whatever WIll Be, Will Be” in 1956 for The Man Who Knew Too Much and “Secret Love” in 1953 for Calamity Jane.

    Beyond Doris Day, other two time Oscar winners would now include Fred Astaire (1934 and 1936), Judy Garland (1939 and 1946), and Bob Hope (1938 and 1948),

    Sometimes the determination of who deserves the Oscar for singing could be more challenging.

    Look at the Best Song of 1977, “You Light Up My Life” from the film of the same name. The original soundtrack originally credited the performance to actress Didi Conn who lip synched the vocal of Kasey Cisyk. After an alleged rebuff of improper sexual advances, songwriter and producer Joe Brooks had another recording made from the same orchestrations by Debby Boone which subsequently topped the charts for ten weeks. Clearly Boone’s performance contributed to the success of the song.

    A similar predicament occurs in 1945 with “It Might As Well Be Spring” in State Fair. Jeanne Crain lip synchs the vocal of Louanne Hogan, but it was the recording of co-star Dick Haymes that was a hit record and made the song indelible.

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    KyleBailey
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    I’ve mentioned this before but hell yes! They give the song emotion and tell the story. The writers and singer(s) should take it. The musicians have a category, best score. And yes I know, the two don’t overlap all the time 

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    Philip
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    Score goes to the writer also, not the musicians

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    Riley
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    The category either needs to be renamed or the artists should be credited as they are on the songs.

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    Philip
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    It’s a songwriters award, why should it have a name change? At the Grammys Song of the Year doesn’t go to the artist, just the songwriters.

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    Riley
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    …which is dumb and confusing.

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    Philip
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    It’s not dumb and confusing. The award is for the written word and for the music. Should actors win Oscars for screenplays because they are the vessel that speaks the words and performs the action?

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    Rooney Moore
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    Yeah, I failed to see the purpose of this idea.
    Think singers like the models on fashion shows that wear clothes to introduce them to the audience. Sure their part is important and the way they wear those could change people’s view on that material, but in the end the credit should be go to the person who’s dreamt, sketched and made that dress. Not the tailor or the model.
    That is a music award that are being voted by composers. Awarding a person just because they sing an already written song would be against the idea of whole “peer recognition”.
    It would be like giving Meryl Streep a Screenplay Oscar because she’s said her lines perfectly. Or giving Best Picture Oscar to the every crew member of the film, because they were the one who put the whole thing into effect. The title is “Best Picture” after all?
    We already have Grammys to acknowlege the singers.

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