Hildur Guðnadóttir's Chernobyl score took home the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.
The non-televised portion of the event began with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star who died alongside his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on Sunday. In terms of electronic music, The Chemical Brothers were the big winners. Their latest album, No Geography, beat out Apparat, Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Tycho for the Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy, while a single off that album, "Got To Keep On," won Best Dance Recording.
The Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir—who recently won a Golden Globe for her Joker score—continued to bring home the hardware, this time for her Chernobyl score in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category. Soulwax's remix of Marie Davidson's "Work It," James Blake's Assume Form, Thom Yorke's ANIMA and Light In The Attic's RA-recommended compilation Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 did not win a golden gramophone.
This year's Grammys have been steeped in controversy due to The Recording Academy's abrupt ousting of CEO Deborah Dugan. She filed a complaint with Los Angeles Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying her forced leave was retaliation for trying to bring to light sexual misconduct and discrimination, as well as industry corruption. The Recording Academy's reason for suddenly removing Dugan in January is for "bullying" an assistant, who filed a complaint back in November.