Winter has come for the Recording Academy and among the nominees announced for 2018 Grammy Awards is a huge milestone for Game of Thrones: an HBO series that has no scored its first Grammy nomination for RaminDjawadi’s work on season 7.
The music of Westeros is one of the five nominees in the category for best score soundtrack for visual media with JóhannJóhannsson for Arrival, Justin Hurwitz for La La Land, Hans Zimmer for Dunkirk, and Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Benjamin Wallfisch for Hidden Figures.
The Grammy nod is not a first for Djawadi who had received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Iron Man.
While Game of Thrones is a major awards contender at the Emmys, Djawadi earned a Creative Arts Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition for season 4’s episode “The Mountain and the Viper.”
The season 7 finale of Game of Thrones marked a union of fire and ice, and Djawadi said was intended “to be its own thing.”
“The trick with this theme,” he explained to EW, “is that it had to be a love theme, but when we played it in earlier episodes, you don’t want to give away the love too soon. So it had to be a theme that could be a little bit mysterious, a little moody, and you could play it darker at times. I know everybody was expecting [them to get together] but we had to be able to do this slowly. That was the most important thing for me.”
Coming off composing the music for The Mountain Between Us, Djawadi will score Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.