Global ASCAP Family Clinches 21 Primetime Emmy Nominations

July 29, 2020

It’s a big day for ASCAP’s small screen talent! The National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences has recognized 19 of our composers, songwriters and music supervisors with a total of 21 nominations for the 2020 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. This year’s crop of nominees is a diverse mix of first-time nominees doing incredible work and Emmy veterans still at the top of their game.

Big congrats to Nine Inch Nails frontman (and ASCAP Golden Note Award winner) Trent Reznor, who clinched two nods for his brooding music for Watchmen, and also Antonio Gambale, for his double nomination for the haunting theme and score to Unorthodox.

Congrats to all of our nominated composers and songwriters, and to all of our nominated music supervisor friends for their stellar creative work. The countdown is on to the Creative Arts ceremony on September 12 and 13!

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

Martin Phipps (PRS), Composer
The Crown - “Aberfan”

Danny Bensi, Composer
Ozark - “All In”

Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Isabella Summers (PRS), Composer
Little Fires Everywhere - “The Spider Web”

Antonio Gambale (APRA), Composer
Unorthodox - “Part 1”

Trent Reznor, Music by
Watchmen - “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Kamasi Washington, Composer

Amanda Jones, Composer
(hear her on VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / watch her ASCAP Experience: Home Edition panel)

Pinar Toprak, Composer
McMillion$ - “Episode 1”
(see her studio tour from the virtual 2020 ASCAP Screen Music Awards)

Outstanding Music Direction

Sheila E., Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Music Directors
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

Lenny Pickett, Music Director
Saturday Night Live  - “SNL at Home #1”

Adam Wayne Blackstone, Music Director
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics

David Dabbon, Music by
“Eat Sh!t, Bob” from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Ingrid Michaelson, Music & Lyrics
“Build It Up” from Little Fires Everywhere

Siddhartha Khosla, Music & Lyrics
“Memorized” from This Is Us
(watch his conversation with This Is Us actor Chris Sullivan from the ASCAP Experience: Home Edition)

Trent Reznor, Music & Lyrics
“The Way It Used to Be” from Watchmen

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Ólafur Arnalds (STEF)
Defending Jacob

Antonio Gambale (APRA)

Outstanding Music Supervision

Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino, Music Supervisors
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”