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24 September 2019, 11:37 | Updated: 24 September 2019, 11:40
Together with three-time winner and dark-comedy queen Phoebe Waller-Bridge (all hail), the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were dominated by great speeches and… unusual music choices.
At this year’s Emmy Awards, producers decided to scrap the usual lovely orchestral backing music in favour of more recent pop songs.
And it was… a thing.
What the heck is up with the music cues, especially for Chernobyl? Feeling Good and Shake It Off???? #Emmys— Allison Keene (@keeneTV) September 23, 2019
lol @ the Emmys using Eve & Gwen Stefani's "Let Me Blow Your Mind" as walkout music in 2019.— Danny Pellegrino (@DannyPellegrino) September 23, 2019
Bring back the live orchestra. These canned music choices are distractingly off-key. 'Feeling Good' for 'Chernobyl' winning best limited series? #Emmys2019— Kristi Turnquist (@Kristiturnquist) September 23, 2019
Here were some of the worst offenders…
Phoebe Waller-Bridge dominated the night, with four wins for her hit Amazon series Fleabag. When Waller-Bridge stepped out to accept her awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, someone thought it would be nice to serenade her with ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus. Hmm.
As Craig Mazin got up to collect his Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series for Chernobyl, we heard the upbeat pop hit, ‘Shake it Out’, by Florence + the Machine. Perhaps not the most sensitive choice for a series about a disastrous nuclear accident.
And when Chernobyl took home the award for Outstanding Limited Series, we heard Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ – to which Twitter replied:
There just aren't enough good songs about nuclear fusion, I guess.— Jim Zarroli (@JimZarroli) September 23, 2019
Come on, guys...
The winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Alex Borstein in The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. During her acceptance speech, Borstein remembered her grandmother, who narrowly avoided being murdered in the Holocaust because she boldly stepped out of the line of prisoners being shot.
And what better way to outro a Holocaust story than with Lizzo’s ‘Good as Hell’? The whiplash was rife, with viewers taking to Twitter to call the music choice “jarring” and “awkward”. Yikes.
See the full list of Emmy winners here.