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Robbie Robertson & Martin Scorsese to Receive Award at 2024 SCL Awards – Billboard

January 25, 2024 - News

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) will honor Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese with their Spirit of Collaboration Award at the fifth Annual SCL Awards to be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The Spirit of Collaboration Award recognizes a composer/director relationship which has resulted in a prodigious body of work. Robertson worked in various capacities on 11 films Scorsese directed over a 45-year period – The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, The Color of Money, Casino, Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence, The Irishman and Killers of the Flower Moon.

Past award recipients of this award – the SCL’s best and most distinctive idea – are Thomas Newman & Sam Mendes, Terence Blanchard & Spike Lee, Carter Burwell & The Coen Brothers, and last year, Justin Hurwitz & Damien Chazelle.  

Robertson died last August at age 80. On Tuesday Jan. 23, he received a posthumous Oscar nod for best original score for Killers of the Flower Moon. He was the first composer to receive a posthumous Oscar nod in that category in 47 years, since Bernard Hermann received a pair of posthumous nods for his scores to Taxi Driver and Obsession.

Scorsese, 81, is nominated for both best picture and best director for his work on the same film.

The SCL Awards will be hosted by Siedah Garrett, a Grammy-winning, two-time Oscar-nominated songwriter and a member of the SCL. She recently reunited with Quincy Jones on The Color Purple.  She worked with Jones on Michael Jackson’s 1987 album Bad, co-writing “Man in the Mirror” and singing a backing vocal on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” 

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