When it comes to film and television awards, Star Wars has always excelled in a few specific categories. It’s often praised for its visual and special effects, but the franchise as a whole would be nothing without its soundtracks. Nominees for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards have officially been announced, and The Mandalorian could walk away with a win thanks to composer Ludwig Göransson.
The show received a nomination in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for the Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16) soundtrack. The final episodes of the season featured fan-favorite characters such as Boba Fett, Bo-Katan Kryze, and even Luke Skywalker.
Even though John Williams has no plans to compose future Star Wars scores, there are plenty filling the iconic musician’s shoes. Kevin Kiner made a name for himself composing for several Star Wars animated series beginning with The Clone Wars. Now Ludwig Göransson has taken the assignment of “space western featuring a tiny Yoda” and gone above and beyond to create a unique soundtrack fans can’t stop listening to on repeat.
If you’re wondering how The Mandalorian‘s second season snuck into the GRAMMYs 2022 nominations even though it aired in 2020, keep in mind that most award presentations have adjusted their usual time frames to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the entertainment industry. The 64th GRAMMY Awards recognizes recordings released between September 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. So Mandalorian and its scores fit right in.
The Mandalorian is up against soundtracks from Bridgerton, Dune, Soul, and The Queen’s Gambit. We’ll find out which music reigns supreme in just a few months.
The 2022 GRAMMY Awards will air Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.