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Emmys: Mick Jagger and Keith Urban try to get an original song

The music branch of Emmy voters isn’t always impressed with the big names. Take last year, when Beyonce, Cher, HER and even Bruce Springsteen had songs in the mix for consideration, voters ignored them, excluding superstars in favor of songwriters and songwriters within the. TV world.

What does this mean for this year’s race? Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who were early favorites last year and ultimately won with “Agatha All Along” from “WandaVision,” return this time with another earworm, “You Are the Music” for Apple TV+’s animated comedy “Central Park.”

Anderson-Lopez offered the essence of the song, in which Josh Gad’s character, Birdie, feels threatened by Rory O’Malley’s Elwood, who he believes is going to take his job. This motif plays alongside the episode’s larger theme of the competitiveness between siblings Tillerman Cole (voiced by Tituss Burgess) and Molly (Emmy Raver-Lampman). Ultimately, the song turns into an appreciation by Birdie and Elwood of what each other does.

For “This Is Us,” series composer Siddhartha Kholsa co-wrote the ballad “Day of the Wedding” with Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. As the series comes to an end after a run of six seasons, the song was played at Kate and Phillip’s wedding and performed by Mandy Moore, the leading lady and wife of Goldsmith. Upon release, the song beat out both Harry Styles and Jack Harlow, reaching No. 1 on the iTunes chart. This success could bode well for another Emmy bid for Kholsa; he also worked on the score for Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building”.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” finally returned to the small screen with Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore writing new songs, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” turned to Leland to write songs for the final queens.

While there’s no shortage of regular TV composers and songwriters who could make up the list of contenders, as they did last year, big names in mainstream pop, rock and country music are also looking to make their mark again and add an Emmy to their trophy. Case.

Keith Urban wrote “Crimson Blue” for “Nine Perfect Strangers”. His directive was to write something in the “trippy vein of Pink Floyd – something ethereal and otherworldly,” he says. Urban picked up his guitar and started playing a few chords, trying out some lyrics. Sang Urban, “I’ve never seen the crimson blue sky.” It became the opening line, song title, and hook for the melody.

Country singer Miranda Lambert also got into writing for TV with “Y’All Means All.” The song about positivity is featured in Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” Lambert turned to her younger brother for inspiration, asking, “What are all the cool kids saying these days? He said: ‘Well, ‘y’all means everything’ is a hashtag right now.’ Because he’s my younger brother, he knows what’s cool and he’s gay, so he knows all things fabulous,” Lambert says of the song that became the show’s anthem.

Perhaps the biggest name vying to make an impact is Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. He was tapped by Apple TV+ to write the main title and “Strange Game” end credits for the “Slow Horses” series with composer Daniel Pemberton.

After Pemberton sent him a basic track, “I just saved it on my iPhone and sent it to him, and he loved it,” says Jagger. “And then we had to do a little crafting, trying to get a chorus, calling it ‘Strange Game’ and trying to get the verses from the main character’s point of view,” the rocker adds, referring to the curmudgeonly by Gary Oldman. Jackson Lamb.

Apple TV+’s “Schmigadoon” also hopes to push Kristin Chenoweth’s “Tribulation” number, written by the show’s co-creator, Cinco Paul. He wrote all the songs for the satirical musical series, including Ariana Debose’s “With All of Your Heart.” But Chenoweth’s tune, which was 18 pages long and highlights her impeccable technique, is the song destined to land with Emmy voters.

Be on the lookout for issues of “Girls5Eva,” which just returned for its second season, and Phoebe Bridgers’ “Sidelines,” from Hulu’s “Conversation with Friends.”

Voting begins June 16. Whether voters opt for the big names, or revive last year’s ethos and/or stick to musicians who write primarily for television, will be seen when the nominations are announced on July 12.