Various notable musicians including Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Andra Day picked up some new hardware at the 2021 edition of the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night in a hybrid in-person/virtual ceremony aired on NBC.
The show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from identical sets on opposite coasts, with Fey appearing from the Rainbow Room at NYC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza and Poehler leading the festivities from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. While the presenters were on hand in person, each of the Golden Globe Award nominees appeared via video chat from their respective homes.
Disney/Pixar’s Soul had a big night at the Golden Globes. In addition to taking home the statue for “Best Motion Picture – Animated”, the music-oriented film’s score—composed by Reznor, Ross, and Batiste—won “Best Original Score” honors.
The “Best Original Score” win was preceded by some location-appropriate laughs. The honor was presented by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, one of the stars of Tina Fey’s beloved NBC sitcom, 30 Rock, which took place in the very same Manhattan building as her half of the 2021 Golden Globes. In an oh so very 30 Rock moment, Morgan butchered the pronunciation of the winning film’s four-letter title.
Morgan later apologized for the gaffe in a tweet, joking, “Sorry SOUL. I was thinking about the pizza I was going to get from my guy SAL on the way home!!” Later in the show, Fey poked fun at the moment further, calling Morgan a “beautiful Sal.”
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Watch Jon Batiste accept the “Best Original Score” Golden Globe award for Soul below.
Jon Batiste Accepts “Best Original Score” Golden Globe for Soul
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In other music-related Golden Globes news, Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, and Niccolò Agliardi took home “Best Original Song” for “Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead, beating out H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas (“Fight For You” from Judas and The Black Messiah), Leslie Odom Jr. and Sam Ashworth (“Speak Now” from One Night In Miami), and Raphael Saadiq and Andra Day (“Tigress & Tweed” from The United States vs. Billie Holiday), among others.
While Andra Day missed out on “Best Original Song” honors, she came out of the Golden Globes a big winner: the singer-songwriter-turned-actress took home “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama” for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Watch Andra Day accept her Golden Globe below.
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The late Chadwick Boseman also won a posthumous “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama” for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which focuses on the tensions that arise during a 1927 recording session by blues singer Ma Rainey in Chicago.