Mark Ronson Responds to Gosling's 'Ken' Meme Post-Win

Exploring Mark Ronson's Creative Journey in 'Barbie's' Music

by Zain ul Abedin
Mark Ronson Responds to Gosling's 'Ken' Meme Post-Win
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Celebrated producer Mark Ronson recently shared his views on Ryan Gosling's widely talked-about reaction during the Critics Choice Awards, an event that has since sparked a significant increase in the streaming numbers for the song "I'm Just Ken." This intriguing development unfolded in the wake of Ronson and Andrew Wyatt clinching the best song award for their collaborative effort on the track.

The spotlight at the awards ceremony briefly shifted to Gosling, who famously performed "I'm Just Ken" in the highly anticipated film "Barbie." His unanticipated, stoic expression captured during the event quickly became a viral sensation, leading to an explosion of internet memes.

"I think he was just sort of pleasantly surprised," Ronson, 48, commented in an interview featured in PEOPLE's latest issue. "That meme went so viral, and the streams of the song went up that week. Everybody was watching because he’s just so funny."

Ronson's Unexpected Hit

Ronson, a renowned figure in the music industry known for his work with Amy Winehouse ("Rehab"), Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk"), and Lady Gaga ("Shallow"), served as the executive producer for the "Barbie" soundtrack.

His contributions have been recognized throughout the awards season, including a Grammy win and a nomination for Best Original Song at the upcoming Oscars. The opportunity to collaborate with writer-director Greta Gerwig on "Barbie's" soundtrack was a venture Ronson eagerly embraced.

However, the unexpected success and cultural impact of "I'm Just Ken" took him by surprise. "There was never any idea in the script that Ryan was going to sing. It was almost like a Beach Boys demo, a ballad," Ronson recalled.

"I sent it to Greta, and she really dug it. Then she said, 'I played this for Ryan. He wants to sing it in the film.' I was just so gobsmacked." In his acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Award, Ronson did not forget to acknowledge Gosling and Gerwig.

"Ryan Gosling, this is as much your award as ours. You made the audience fall in love with this song with your matchless performance, so thank you," he expressed, before turning his gratitude towards Gerwig: "The fact that you carved out 11 minutes for this prog-rock, power-ballad, dream-ballet, shred fest so the boys could cry and hold hands a little too, we're really forever in your debt for that."