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Hollywood Music in Media Awards Gregg Alexander Performs

Even if it isn't totally clear who determines the nominees for and winners of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (its website suggests it is "some of the most seasoned music industry pros in the business today combined over 50 years experience"), several Oscar hopefuls in the Academy's two categories devoted to music, best original song and best original score, performed at and/or accepted awards on Tuesday evening at the fifth annual edition of the gathering, which was held at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The HMM Awards honor musical work across different forms of media, including TV and video games. In the film-specific categories, though, the big winner was "Lost Stars," a song from the indie Begin Again that was written by former New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander. Alexander was on hand not only to accept the best original song (feature film) honor, but also to give his first public performance as a singer since he disbanded his band 15 years ago and turned his back on fame and fortune. (You can watch it for yourself in the video at the top of this post.)Meanwhile, film scores were recognized across three genres: feature went to The Fault in Our Stars; sci-fi or fantasy went to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (the film's composer Howard Shore was in attendance and received a standing ovation) and animated film went to How to Train Your Dragon 2 (composer John Powell volunteered, "I stopped working live action because they're all assholes - you ask Howard, he'll tell you," and then received laughs when he accidentally thanked Disney rather than his own film's distributor, DreamWorks Animation, the Mouse House's chief competitor). Read more Neil Patrick Harris Reveals His Oscar Musical Guest Dream TeamAlso celebrated, with the Lifetime Achievement Award, albeit in-absentia, was Glen Campbell. The beloved country-pop singer and subject of James Keach's new doc Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which chronicles Campbell's efforts to finish his last tour even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, now resides in a facility, but Trevor Albert, Keach's co-producer on the doc, picked it up on his behalf. Before heading across town to participate in a Q&A about the film following its screening at the Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference, Albert noted that he had witnessed and his doc chronicles "one of the most heroic musical adventures anyone has ever heard about. "The event boasted one other Oscar connection: it opened with a performance by Grammy-winning composer/drummer Antonio Sanchez matched to footage from the film Birdman, which also features his work. Best original score and best original song are two of the few categories presented at the Oscars that aren't first presented at many earlier awards shows. The categories are represented at the Critics' Choice and Golden Globe events, but do not have an event of their own in the way that many others do via corresponding guilds and societies. In other words, at this date, the HMM Awards are as strong an indicator as any about how members of the Academy's music branch, which determine those two categories' nominees, may be thinking. [youtube=://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtbaNU2KliE&w=560&h=315]Twitter: @ScottFeinbergSource link

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