The Oscars and the Grammys have seen a great deal of overlap over the years, naturally in regard to original scores and songs. Some Oscar-winning songs have also earned the coveted Song of the Year prize at the Grammys, like “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic,” “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.” Some films have even seen their soundtracks break through to Album of the Year, like “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music,” and winners “Saturday Night Fever” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?” After a year of great music in film, we could see any of this year’s Oscar-bound movies double dip at the Grammys.
The soundtrack to “A Star Is Born” has quickly become one of the top-selling albums of 2018, just like the film itself at the box office. The album, which features a wide variety of pop-rock songs by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is so strong that even those who didn’t love “A Star Is Born” have at least praised the music. Because of Grammy eligibility, the soundtrack is not able to be nominated until next year’s awards.
However, “Shallow” was released just before the Sept. 30 cutoff date, so it will hope to compete in Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. The song stayed at no. 1 on iTunes for days on end right alongside the album itself, making it a plausible contender in Record of the Year, which often rewards chart success. If the song is nominated for both Record of the Year and the Oscar for Best Original Song, it would be the first to do since “My Heart Will Go On” 20 years ago.
Then there’s the soundtrack to “Black Panther,” which became a hit of its own thanks to the combined power of the film’s monster success and Kendrick Lamar being the main producer on the album. Lamar is a major Grammy favorite, with 29 nominations and 12 wins in just five years. “Black Panther The Album” includes Lamar and SZA‘s song “All the Stars,” which is also looking at potential Oscar glory, plus tracks by artists like The Weeknd, Khalid, Schoolboy Q, Travis Scott, Jorja Smith and Anderson Paak. “O Brother Where Are Thou?” is the last film soundtrack to earn an Album of the Year nomination, but Lamar and “Black Panther’s” popularity could be enough to push it in.
Other possible movie song contenders who could double dip include: “Love Lies” from “Love, Simon,” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” “Gravity” from “Free Solo,” “For You” from “Fifty Shades Freed,” and many more. Then there’s last year’s “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” which is eligible at the Grammys this year. The soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” is one of the biggest album smashes of the year and could make a splash in Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and even Album of the Year because of it.
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