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Could “Black Panther” Break Another Record with a Grammy? TRN’s Music Notes



by G. Brown


“Iron Man”, “The Dark Knight” all fell at the box office to “Marvel’s Black Panther”.  And now the King of Wakanda may be ready to do the same at the Grammys.

“Marvel’s Black Panther” was the most anticipated movies of 2018 and proved it lived up to the hype raking in almost three-quarters of a billion dollars worldwide since its February release.  The movie was packed with star power with Chadwick Boseman in the title role and included Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker.

The movie’s soundtrack also brought some heavy hitters including Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, 2 Chainz and Future.

The first music composer, musician or singer to ever win a Grammy for a soundtrack was Duke Ellington for the 1959 movie “Anatomy of a Murder”.  Other winners have included Isaac Hayes for 1972’s “Shaft”,  Norman Whitfield for 1977’s comedy “Car Wash” and Prince for 1985’s  “Purple Rain”.  Pretty good company for “Black Panther” to keep if it makes the cut for it’s soundtrack.  Some think not only could “Black Panther’s” soundtrack make the cut, it could actually take home Album of  the Year.

Website Gold Derby makes predictions for all of the annual top awards aggregates them then converts them into racetrack odds and percentages.”Panther” is high on its list.  The site notes, “Panther” is one of  the highest grossing films at the US box office this year with $699 million taken in. But what really makes the soundtrack a force to be reckoned with is Kendrick Lamar. The rapper is overdue for Album of the Year after recent controversial losses, and he co-wrote every single song on the soundtrack.”

Gold Derby goes on to say that Lamar also produced six of the songs on the soundtrack and performs five of them.

Now here where the gambling odds come in…soundtracks haven’t been a surewin at the Grammys for a long, long time. The winner’s circle is pretty small when it comes to soundtracks winning Album of the Year.  1994’s “Body Guard” with Whitney Houston and 1979’s “Saturday Night Fever” with various artists were among only three soundtracks to ever win that category. The last time a movie soundtrack was even nominated was back in 2002  when George Clooney’s movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” took the win.  So why the expectation that Lamar’s “Panther” could be due for a win?

Primarily, because there are more slots to fill since the Recording Academy expanded the general field nominations from five categories to a grand total of eight.  That’s more singers, composers and musicians who may have been overlooked that may get a shot for the upcoming 61st Grammys, but you’d have to be blind to overlook Lamar’s accomplishments on this soundtrack.

“Panther” topped Billboard’s albums chart and produced two top 10 singles –“Pray for Me” and “All the Stars”.

Gold Derby is boasting that they got came out on top when predicting the 2018 Grammys.  While their top users think “Panther” and Lamar will get an “Album of the Year” nom, only two of them think the superhero soundtrack can actually bring home the win.

Here’s a look at Lamar’s hit “All the Stars” from the “Panther” soundtrack.

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