The Emmys made some strange music choices, and people are pretty mad about it

24 September 2019, 11:37 | Updated: 24 September 2019, 11:40

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

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.

Here were some of the worst offenders…

  1. ‘Wrecking Ball’

    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.

  2. ‘Shake it Out’

    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.

  3. ‘Feeling Good’

    And when Chernobyl took home the award for Outstanding Limited Series, we heard Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ – to which Twitter replied:

    Come on, guys...

  4. ‘Good as Hell’

    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.