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Guild of Music Supervisors Hands Out 11th Annual Awards


Music SupervisorsOn Sunday night, April 11, 2021, the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) handed out its 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in the craft of Music Supervision in film, television, games, advertising, and trailers.

Maureen Crowe, the founding President of the Guild of Music Supervisors, received the organization’s prestigious Legacy Award, honoring those music supervisors who have excelled within the craft of music supervision. Presented by Kenny Ortega, the presentation went through Crowe’s amazing history in the music business, and it included tributes from the likes of Kevin Costner, Debbie AllenClive DavisJay LandersDean PitchfordMichael A. Levine, Neil MeronRicky Minor, and more.

This year’s Icon Award honoree was the legendary Quincy Jones, presented by the one and only Stevie Wonder with tributes by Lionel RitchieMary J. BligeRobin ThickeJohn LegendJacob CollierDiane Warren, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

The show kicked off with Oscar nominee Andra Day singing “Tigress and Tweed” from The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and the show included musical performances by Angelica GarciaDarius de Haas singing his GMS-nominated song “One Less Angel” from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; and Celeste, whose song “Hear My Voice” from the film The Trial of Chicago 7, co-written with Daniel Pemberton, won in the “Best Song Written and/or Recorded for a Film.” Celeste closed the ceremony by performing it.

Pixar Animation‘s Soul continued its dominance with Tom MacDougall winning for “Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Over $25 million” while Promising Young Woman and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received awards for their music supervision after both won multiple awards from other groups including BAFTA.

HBO‘s Watchmen won two awards from the guild for Music Supervisor Liza Richardson, the first for overall music supervision and the second for the song “The Way It Used to Be” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

You can see the full list of 2021 award winners and presenters below:


Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Over $25 Million (presented by Michael Chiklis)
Tom MacDougall – Soul

Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Under $25 Million (presented by Angela Bassett)
Dawn Sutter Madell – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Under $10 Million (presented by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell)
Susan Jacobs – Promising Young Woman

Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Under $5 Million (presented by Paul Williams)
Dondrea Erauw, Michael Perlmutter – The Cuban

Best Song Written and/or Recorded for a Film (presented by Regina King)

“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of Chicago 7
Writer: Celeste Waite, Daniel Pemberton
Performed By: Celeste
Music Supervisor: Peter Afterman, Alison Litton


Best Music Supervision – Television Drama (presented by Tony Shaloub and Marin Hinkle)
Liza Richardson – Watchmen – Season 1

Best Music Supervision – Television Comedy or Musical (presented by Bryan Cranston)

(three-way tie)

Manish Raval, Alison Rosenfeld, Tom Wolfe – High Fidelity – Season 1
Kier Lehman – Insecure – Season 4
Robin Urdang – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 3

Best Music Supervision – Reality Television (presented by Eva Noblezada)
Meryl Ginsberg – The Masked Singer – Season 3

Best Music Supervision – Television Movie (presented by Michael McDonald)
Warren Fischer, Laura Webb, Lindsay Wolfington – To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

Best Song Written and/or Recorded for Television (presented by Connie Britton)

Title: “The Way It Used to Be”
Songwriters: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Artists: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Program: Watchmen
Episode: #106 “This Extraordinary Being”
Music Supervisor: Liza Richardson


Best Music Supervision for a Documentary (presented by Tony Hawk)
Aminé Ramer – Crip Camp

Best Music Supervision in a Docuseries (presented by Folake Olowofoyeku)
Rudy Chung – The Last Dance

Best Music Supervision in a Trailer (presented by Savan Kotecha)
Mike Lynn – Judas And The Black Messiah


Best Music Supervision in Advertising (Synch) (presented by Ashley Young)
Andy Hamm – Apple “A Journey Into The Valley Of Fire –
Shot on iPhone”

Best Music Supervision in Advertising (Original Music) (presented by Kelsey Mitchell)
Mike Ladman – Hennessy “Maurice And The Black Bear School”


Best Music Supervision in a Video Game (Presented by Nellie Rajabi)
Eric Kalver, Brandon Young – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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