How Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee (basically) scored himself a Golden Globe nomination

Some of the biggest names in music are vying for a trophy at 2023’s Golden Globe Awards.

The nominations are in for 2023’s Golden Globe Awards, with a stack of starry artists representing the music world at the coveted event, set to be broadcast on January 10. Largely comprising the Best Score and Best Song categories, the 2023 music nominations are led by Taylor Swift, whose song Carolina (which featured on the soundtrack of Where The Crawdads Sing) scored a node Best Song. 

It marks Swift’s fourth nomination within the category, having been recognised for previous soundtrack contributions to films like Hunger Games, One Chance, and Cats. The pop star vies for the Golden Globe alongside Rihanna, who was this morning nominated for his Black Panther: Wakanda Forever contribution Lift Me Up, which marked her first solo music in six years upon its release in October. Tems, who co-wrote Lift Me Up, landed her first-ever Golden Globe nomination for her efforts on the ballad

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Black Panther’s 2022 nomination marks the second time the awards body has recognised the music from the Marvel franchise, with Kendrick Lamar and SZA previously receiving nods for their contribution to the first instalment, All The Stars, in 2018. Next year’s batch of musician nominees is rounded out by Lady Gaga, whose Top Gun: Maverick song Hold My Hand — which she co-wrote with Bloodpop — is up for Best Song. 

Gaga won the award in 2019, when her smash hit Shallow, from A Star Is Born, beat out the likes of Troye Sivan and Dolly Parton. While the three frontrunners stand as the most straightforward music nods, the Golden Globes have elsewhere recognised artists in a smattering of diverse categories. Selena Gomez and Donald Glover are each up for Best Actress/Actor in TV series, Musical or Comedy, for their performances in Only Murders in The Building and Atlanta, respectively.

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Both Elvis Presley and Tommy Lee of the rock band Mötley Crüe received vicarious nominations. Austin Butler, who channelled the titular King of Rock and Roll in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, was nominated in the Best Drama Actor category, while Sebastian Stan’s portrayal of the Mötley Crüe drummer in television series Pam & Tommy likewise received a nod. 

Interestingly, Brendan Fraser was recognised for his performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, despite declaring last month that he’d boycott the Golden Globes due to allegations of abuse by the body’s former president Philip Berk. Fraser claimed that Berk sexually assaulted him in 2003, allegations which both Berk and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have denied.  

See the full list of 2022 Golden Globe nominations ahead of the January ceremony here.