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.

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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

TOP RATED TELEVISION SERIES

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

Todd Haberman

9-1-1

 

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

Barkskins

 

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

Bunk’d

 

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

Deputy

 

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

Greenleaf

 

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

Outlander


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

Snapped

 

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

Supergirl

 

David Vanacore

Survivor: Winners at War

 

Robert Duncan

S.W.A.T.

 

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

 
 

TOP STREAMING SERIES

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

Bosch

 

Martin Phipps

The Crown

 

Joey Newman

Diary of a Future President

Mark Browne

Encore!

 

Cristobal Tapia de Veer

Hunters

 

Isabella Summers

Little Fires Everywhere

 

Anna Waronker

Shrill

 

TOP BOX OFFICE FILMS

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
Emma.

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
Soul

Checco Zalone
Tolo Tolo

Marco Beltrami & Brandon Roberts
Underwater

Hans Zimmer
Wonder Woman 1984

 

 

TOP STREAMING FILMS

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

Hamilton

 

Lionel Limiñana & David Menke

Last Days of American Crime

 

Rob Lord

Troop Zero

 

Mateo Messina

The Wrong Missy