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61st Annual Emmy Awards Honor BMI Composers

Posted in News on September 21, 2009
During the BMI/SCL co-hosted reception honoring 2009 Emmy music categories nominees, BMI’s Anne Cecere (left) and Ray Yee (right) encourage composer William Ross, who went on to win two statuettes.
During the BMI/SCL co-hosted reception honoring 2009 Emmy music categories nominees, BMI’s Anne Cecere (left) and Ray Yee (right) encourage composer William Ross, who went on to win two statuettes.

BMI composers celebrated another strong year of television music with resounding wins at the 2009 Emmy Awards, held Sunday, September 20 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. William Ross, John Kimbrough and Rob Schrab shared the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics win for creating Hugh Jackman’s pace-setting opening number for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Serial award-winning composer, arranger, and conductor Ross co-composed the music with Kimbrough, who is a frequent musical contributor to NPR’s This American Life along with multiple independent films. Schrab, who contributed original lyrics, is a writer, director and comedian whose work includes The Sarah Silverman Program for Comedy Central.

The 2009 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy winners were announced Saturday, September 12, and included another round of elite BMI composers. Ross walked away with won the statuette for Outstanding Musical Direction for Streisand: The Concert, while fellow BMI great John Williams also won an Emmy on Saturday for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme for PBS series Great Performances.

For a complete list of 2009 Emmy Award winners, please visit www.emmys.tv.