This year’s Grammy nominees in the Best Score Soundtrack category contained four predictable scores and one surprise — music from “The Shrine,” a virtually unknown, low-budget, barely released horror film.
Ryan Shore, the L.A.-based composer of “The Shrine,” admits he was surprised by the nomination, which apparently beat out a number of better-known scores including “Drive,” “The Help,” “127 Hours” and “True Grit.”
Shore (nephew of Oscar- and Grammy-winning “Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore) says he used the Grammy365 website — a “social networking” site available only to members — to alert potential voters. “I do have a profile there and made mention of my submissions this year, like many others,” he says.
Grammy awards VP Bill Freimuth says while “vote solicitation” is not allowed at Recording Academy events, it’s not discouraged on Grammy365. “I’m sure there will be discussion about it” at upcoming Grammy committee meetings, he says. “There may be changes, or there may not be.”
“I can’t believe the company I’m in,” says Shore, who faces off against better-known composers Alexandre Desplat, Clint Mansell and French electronic-music duo Daft Punk in the balloting. He created the entire “Shrine” score himself using samples and synths in his studio.
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