By Amanda DK

It seems as though the 54th Annual Grammy Awards have received more flak from the indie community this year than any other year (in my memory at least).  Weren’t we all over “Grenade” by last February? Didn’t Mumford and Sons Sigh No More come out in 2009?  Bon Iver for Best New Artist?  For Emma, Forever Ago was released in 2008.  And if the music community scoffed (mostly) anonymously into the social media ether, Justin Vernon made his reaction public.

To be honest, the music in media categories feel similar.  Burlesque, Tangled and The King’s Speech all received nods during awards season last winter.  The public has moved on.  After this though, the only major awards show left is the Oscars, which has already caused discomfort in the music supervision world for only nominating two songs and then not inviting either to perform.

That said, there are some pleasant surprises and attention well-deserved.  The soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and True Blood Vol. 3 both capture the tone of the show while still being excellent albums on their own.  Daft Punk skillfully translated their dance beats into an epic score.  And Alexandre Desplat clearly deserves recognition for memorable work on multiple films – both the two nominated here and many others (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life, and The Ides of March to name a few).  Check out the full list of Film/TV/Media nominees below

Watch the 54th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday, February 12 at 8:00pm / 7:00pm Central on CBS

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

1. Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 (Various Artists)
Producers: Stewart Lerman, Randall Poster & Kevin Weaver
Elektra

Regina Spektor “My Man” (from Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1)

2. Burlesque (Christina Aguilera)
RCA Records

3. Glee: The Music, Volume 4 (Glee Cast)
Producers: Adam Anders, Peer Astrom & Ryan Murphy
Columbia Records

4. Tangled (Various Artists)
Producer: Alan Menken
Walt Disney Records

5. True Blood: Volume 3 (Various Artists)
Producer: Gary Calamar
WaterTower Music

Check out the cover of “And When I Die” by The Heavy that can be heard in the season four finale and on the soundtrack here.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

1. Black Swan
Composer: Clint Mansell
Sony Classical/Fox Music

2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
WaterTower Music

3. The King’s Speech
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Decca

4. The Shrine
Composer: Ryan Shore
Screamworks

5. Tron Legacy
Composers: Daft Punk
Walt Disney Records

Check out my interview with Orchestrator/Arranger, Joe Trapanese, as well as a few inside scoops you may not know about the score.

Best Song Written For Visual Media

1. “Born To Be Somebody” (from Never Say Never)
Performed by: Justin Bieber
Songwriter: Dian Warren

2. “Christmastime Is Killing Us” (from Family Guy)
Written and Performed by: Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane & Danny Smith

3. “I See The Light” (from Tangled)
Performed by: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi
Written by: Alan Menken and Glenn Slater

4. “So Long” (from Winnie The Pooh)
Performed by: Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward
Written by: Zooey Deschanel

5. “Where The River Goes” (from Footloose)
Performed by: Zac Brown
Written by: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson and Anne Preven

6. “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” (from Burlesque)
Performed by: Cher
Written by: Diane Warren