After Oscars Snub, ‘See You Again’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Win at Music Supervisor Awards

 'Straight Outta Compton,' Universal Pictures
‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Universal Pictures

The Jan. 21 event recognized work in movies, television, games and trailers.

Want to know the power of a well-placed music synch in a television show or movie? Just ask She Wants Revenge’s Justin Warfield.

At the sixth annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards at Los Angeles’ Ace Theater on Jan. 21, the rock band’s frontman credited the use of its 2006 track “Tear You Apart”in an episode of this season’s American Horror Story with getting the group back together. After the song aired in October, it soared into the Top 5 on iTunes and was re-added to the rotation at Los Angeles’ KROQ. Furthermore, the renewed success propelled the band, which had been on a break since 2012, to reform to play a 10th anniversary show at Hollywood’s Fonda Theater. The Feb. 17 concert sold out in 10 minutes and another show has been added.

“Synchs can bring a band out of a hiatus,”said Warfield, who joined AHS music supervisor PJ Bloom to present an award. He called music supervisors “the first line of defense [who] put our music out into the world.”

The awards recognized outstanding music supervisors in 15 categories, representing movies, television, games and trailers.

Other artists expressing their appreciation for synchs included Joe Walsh. Three days after Eagles bandmate Glenn Frey’s passing, Walsh was on hand to co-present the award for best use of music by a brand. Talking to Billboard before the ceremony, he declined to comment on Frey’s death. “I haven’t said anything because there are no words,” he said.

Double Grammy nominee Andra Day opened the show, performing a soaring version of “The Light That Never Fails” from the documentary Meru. Interscope’s BØRNS played “Electric Love,”a song used in a Hulu campaign and The Diary of a Teenage Girl composer Nate Heller and singer Reni Lane sang “Dream Song,”from the indie film. Meghan Trainor closed the 2-hour show with a stripped-down version of “Better When I’m Dancing,”from The Peanuts Movie, as well as her smash hit “All About That Bass.”She joked that the latter was “brand new. I wrote it five hours ago,”but she wasn’t kidding when she thanked music supervisors for nominating “Dancing”for an award, calling music supervisors “the new radio.”

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Melinda Newman