Marc Shaiman to Receive Career Award at 2023 Hollywood Music Awards

Musical maestro Marc Shaiman's illustrious journey celebrated

by Nouman Rasool
Marc Shaiman to Receive Career Award at 2023 Hollywood Music Awards
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Renowned composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman is set to be honored with the prestigious Outstanding Career Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The highly anticipated ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 15th, commencing at 8:00 p.m., within the glamorous confines of The Avalon in Hollywood.

Shaiman joins an illustrious roster of past recipients of this distinguished career accolade, including musical luminaries such as Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Diane Warren, Earth Wind & Fire, Glen Campbell, Dave Mason, John Debney, and Christopher Young.

At 63 years old, Marc Shaiman's musical accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary. He boasts a Tony and a Grammy to his name, both earned for his work on the hit musical "Hairspray" and its subsequent original cast album.

Additionally, Shaiman has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award for his exceptional contributions to the 1992 Oscar telecast in the category of writing for a variety or music program.

Shaiman's Oscar Journey

Shaiman's illustrious career has brought him tantalizingly close to achieving the coveted EGOT status, needing only an Oscar to complete the quartet.

His impressive seven Oscar nominations span across a diverse range of projects, from heartwarming ballads in films like "Sleepless in Seattle" to raucous tunes in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," and the magical melodies of "Mary Poppins Returns." Shaiman has also showcased his remarkable scoring talents in films such as "The American President," "The First Wives Club," "Patch Adams," and the enchanting "Mary Poppins Returns." Throughout his career, Shaiman has nurtured enduring creative relationships with celebrated artists like Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, and Harry Connick Jr., significantly contributing to the world of music and entertainment.

Notably, he played a pivotal role in persuading Bette Midler to record the iconic "Wind Beneath My Wings" for the soundtrack of the 1988 film "Beaches." This heartfelt ballad soared to the top of the Billboard H*t 100 chart in 1989, ultimately clinching a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

In his most recent feat, Marc Shaiman composed the score and co-wrote songs for the critically acclaimed musical "Some Like It Hot," which earned an impressive 13 Tony Award nominations. The Hollywood Music in Media Awards is a distinguished platform that celebrates the exceptional contributions of composers, songwriters, and music supervisors to the realms of film, television, and video games.

Submissions for all award categories remain open until October 15th, with tickets for attending the ceremony becoming available on October 16th. The final nominations will be officially unveiled on October 30th. Marc Shaiman's forthcoming recognition at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards is a testament to his enduring impact on the world of music and his illustrious career, which has enriched the artistic tapestry of our times.