2021 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

May 17, 2021

The composers and songwriters of our favorite music for film, TV and video games lit up ASCAP’s socials May 17-20, as we celebrated our global screen music family at the 2021 ASCAP Screen Music Awards. The four-day campaign pulled back the curtain on these musical masterminds. It featured acceptance speeches, exclusive photos and intimate performances shot in their homes and studios, where they scored the on-screen entertainment that helped us get through 2020. 

This year, our winners’ circle expanded to include more composers for streaming series and (for the first time) streaming films, reflecting changes in the way we watch and listen. Screen Awards veteran David Vanacore was the top winner for Most Performed Themes and Underscore for his work on shows like Survivor and Hell's Kitchen. Bear McCreary took Top Cable Television Series for his lauded music for The Walking Dead; Matthew Hawkins, Maurice “m.O” Jackson and Neil Martin won Top Network Television Series for their main theme to the long-running NCIS; and Rupert Gregson-Williams received the Top Box Office Film honor for The Eight Hundred

To kick off the Awards on May 17, ASCAP revealed the winners of our peer-voted Composers’ Choice Awards, now expanded to five categories. We shared humble acceptance speeches from Jon Batiste (Film Score of the Year - Soul), Steven Price (Documentary Score of the Year - David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet), Philip Glass and Paul Leonard-Morgan (TV Theme of the Year - Tales from the Loop) and Gustavo Santaolalla (Video Game Score of the Year - The Last of Us Part II), plus special performance clips from Batiste, Leonard-Morgan and Santaolalla.


Follow the ASCAP Screen Music Awards live, May 17-20 on Instagram @ascap & @ascapscreen

Watch performances, acceptance speeches and unboxing videos from our winners

A message from ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams

2021 ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards

Film Score of the Year Nominees

Ammonite - Volker Bertelmann

Bad Education - Michael Abels

The Invisible Man - Benjamin Wallfisch

Mank - Trent Reznor

Soul - Jon Batiste & Trent Reznor

Wild Mountain Thyme - Amelia Warner

TV Documentary Score of the Year Nominees

Becoming - Kamasi Washington

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Steven Price

Naughty Books - Catherine Joy

The Reason I Jump - Nainita Desai

The Social Dilemma - Mark A. Crawford

TV Score of the Year Nominees

The Crown - Martin Phipps

His Dark Materials - Lorne Balfe

Lovecraft Country - Raphael Saadiq

Mira, Royal Detective - Amritha Vaz

Tales from the Loop - Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan

TV Theme of the Year Nominees

The Casagrandes - Lalo Alcaraz, Germaine Franco & Michael Rubiner

His Dark Materials - Lorne Balfe

Little Fires Everywhere - Isabella Summers

McMillions - Pinar Toprak

Tales from the Loop - Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan

Video Game Score of the Year Nominees

Cyberpunk 2077 - P.T. Adamczyk, Paul Leonard-Morgan & Marcin Przybylowicz

The Last of Us Part II - Gustavo Santaolalla

Metamorphosis - Mikolai Stroinski & Garry Schyman

The Pathless - Austin Wintory

Star Wars: Squadrons - Gordy Haab


Rupert Gregson-Williams

Top Box Office Film // The Eight Hundred

Matthew Hawkins, Maurice “m.0” Jackson, Neil Martin

Top Rated Network Series // NCIS Main Title Theme

Bear McCreary

Top Rated Cable Series // The Walking Dead


Honoring ASCAP composers and songwriters for their themes and underscore from the highest rated series during calendar year 2020

Todd Haberman



Todd Haberman, Justin Burnett

9-1-1: Lone Star


Rupert Gregson-Williams

The Alienist


Joey Newman

All Rise


Matthew Morgan & Jose Villanueva

America’s Got Talent: The Champions - Main Title Theme


Seth MacFarlane

American Dad - Main Title Theme


Tom Phillips

Antiques Roadshow


Mike Gao

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens


Mark Petrie, Brad Segal, Matt Bowen

The Bachelor

The Bachelorette


John A. Pregler & Bill Schultz

Bar Rescue - Main Title Theme


Colin Stetson



Dave Porter; Main Title Theme: Little Barrie

Better Call Saul


David Vanacore; Main Title Theme: David Vanacore & Tyler Ewing

The Biggest Loser


Anne Dudley

Black Narcissus


Dave Porter

The Blacklist


Mark Snow

Blue Bloods


Bryan Winslow

The Bradshaw Bunch - Main Title Theme


AC Burrell

Braxton Family Values


John Adair



Maurizio Malagnini; Main Title Theme: Peter Salem

Call the Midwife


David Fleming

Chicago Fire


Claudio Olachea

Chicago PD


Brad Segal

Chrisley Knows Best - Main Title Theme


David Vanacore

Common Knowledge


Luis Ignacio Guzmán Zaldívar, Roberto Sánchez Bustos, Jorge Felix Tena Martinez Vara; Main Title Theme: Jessica Díaz

Como Tú No Hay Dos


Dan Foliart & Howard Pearl

The Conners - Main Title Theme


Mel Wesson & Russell Emanuel

Court Cam - Main Title Theme


Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini & Scott Gordon

Criminal Minds


Jeffrey Hayat, Dennis McCarthy

The Curse of Oak Island


Drew Yowell & Halley Bondy

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team - Main Title Theme


Daniel McGrath & Josh Phillips

Dancing with the Stars - Main Title Theme

Curtis Clacey & Christopher Lewis

Darcey & Stacey - Main Title Theme


Wade MacNeil & Andrew MacPherson

Dark Side of the Ring


Pinar Toprak

DC’S Stargirl


Michael Yezerski



Segun Akinola; Main Title Theme: Ronald Grainer

Doctor Who


Ash Gibson Greig

Drain the Oceans


Nathan Whitehead

FBI: Most Wanted


The team from INTERLEAVE
Main Title Theme: Joacim Persson & Johan Alkenäs

Gabby Duran & The Unsittables


Didier Lean Rachou

Gold Rush

Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail


Dan Romer

The Good Doctor


Michael Brook

Good Trouble


Jack Lenz

Good Witch


Todd Haberman; Main Title Theme: Tim Lauer



Elvin Ross

The Haves and the Have Nots

Kenny Segal

Impractical Jokers - Main Title Theme


David Vanacore & J.S. Greenier

Ink Master - Main Title Theme


LMFAO (Redfoo & 8ky Blu)

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation - Main Title Theme


Brandon Burton, Aaron Lammer & Francis Farewell Starlite

Keeping Up with the Kardashians - Main Title Theme


Carl Thiel

Last Man Standing - Main Title Theme


Jonathan “JJ the Genius” Jackson

The Last OG


Brandon Thompson, David Vanacore, J.S. Greenier, Russell Emanuel

Live PD


Michelle Lewis

The Loud House - Main Title Theme


Daniel Gould

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta - Main Title Theme

Love & Hip Hop: Miami - Main Title Theme


Raphael Saadiq

Lovecraft Country


Loren Toolajian

Mark of a Killer - Main Title Theme


Jason Tarver & Louise Dowd

Married at First Sight - Main Title Theme

Married At First Sight: Couples Cam - Main Title Theme


Ian Honeyman & Vincent Ott

Master Minds


John DeFaria

Mike Tyson Mysteries


Brandon Roberts

Motherland: Fort Salem


James S. Levine

NCIS: Los Angeles - Main Title Theme


Bear McCreary


Gregory Ripes

People Magazine Investigates


Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson & Ben Raleigh

Power - Main Title Theme


David Lasman & Russell W. Howard

The Profit - Main Title Theme


Daniel Wohl

Project Blue Book


Marcelo Zarvos

Ray Donovan


Matthew McGaughey

The Real Housewives of Atlanta - Main Title Theme


Russell W. Howard

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills


Randall Crissman & John Zuker

Robot Chicken


Andrew & Thom Mak

The Rookie - Main Title Theme


Howard Shore, Lenny Pickett

Saturday Night Live


Maribeth Solomon

Schitt’s Creek


Joshua Malerman

Shameless - Main Title Theme


Mic Rains; Aaron Keane

Sister Wives - Main Title Theme


Brian Langsbard & Justin Melland



Blaise Smith, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison & Stephen Hillenburg

Spongebob Squarepants - Main Title Theme


Aivi Tran (of aivi & surasshu), Jeff Ball

Steven Universe Future


Daniel James Chan



David Vanacore

Survivor: Winners at War


Robert Duncan



Jason Akana; Main Title Theme: Lou Gramm

Tacoma FD


Vaquer Jordi Bachbush; Main Title Theme: Leonel Garcia & J. Eduardo Murguía

Te Doy La Vida


Tim Cullen

Teen Mom - Main Title Theme


Siddhartha Khosla

This Is Us


The Muzic Doctorz

Tosh.0 - Main Title


Elvin Ross

Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living - Main Title Theme


Chizzy & Mayila Jones

Tyler Perry’s Sistas - Main Title Theme


Evgueni & Sacha Galperine

The Undoing


Michael Lord

The Wall


John Sereda

When Calls the Heart


Jill Andrews

Wynonna Earp - Main Title Theme


Jeff Cardoni

Young Sheldon


Didier Lean Rachou

Your Worst Nightmare - Main Title Theme



Honoring the ASCAP composers and songwriters of series that accumulated the most credits on select streaming services during the 2020 ASCAP survey year

Brendan Angelides

13 Reasons Why


Jesse Voccia



Martin Phipps

The Crown


Joey Newman

Diary of a Future President

Mark Browne



Cristobal Tapia de Veer



Isabella Summers

Little Fires Everywhere


Anna Waronker




Honoring ASCAP composers with music from the top 50 box office films of 2020

Justin Burnett
After We Collided

Lorne Balfe
Bad Boys for Life

Daniel Pemberton
Birds of Prey

John Powell
The Call of the Wild

Rupert Gregson-Williams
The Eight Hundred

David Schweitzer & Isobel Waller-Bridge

Bear McCreary
Fantasy Island

Benjamin Wallfisch
The Invisible Man

Mark Snow
The New Mutants

The Rescue
Elliot Leung

Tom Holkenborg
Sonic the Hedgehog

Jon Batiste & Trent Reznor

Checco Zalone
Tolo Tolo

Marco Beltrami & Brandon Roberts

Hans Zimmer
Wonder Woman 1984




Honoring the ASCAP composers of new films that accumulated the most credits on select streaming services during the 2020 ASCAP survey year

Lin-Manuel Miranda



Lionel Limiñana & David Menke

Last Days of American Crime


Rob Lord

Troop Zero


Mateo Messina

The Wrong Missy