The Force was with John Williams at the Grammy Award as the composer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens won the award for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. This is his twenty-third award, out of sixty-freakin'-seven nominations.
Impressive. Most impressive.
It was well-deserved, as The Force Awakens has some wonderful tracks: "The Starkiller" is filled with sadness, just as "I Can Fly Anything" is charged with energy. But of all of these delightful tracks, "Rey's Theme" is the stand-out piece of music -- it is optimism and delicate strength made real with the use of flute and celesta.
According to Flickering Myth, Williams has begun work on scoring the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Although composers tend to write their soundtrack after the film's "rough cut" edit, director Rian Johnson wants to edit his film based on Williams' complete score. Typically, a film's rough cut is edited with a temporary or stand-in score. This shows how much faith Johnson has in the power of Williams' work.
The one downer? I genuinely enjoyed Williams' main competition in the 59th Grammy Awards: Stranger Things Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. But since Williams showed more range of emotion than Dixon & Stein, the Grammys made the wiser choice.
Congratulations to John Williams on his most recent success. I can't wait to hear what he's bringing to The Last Jedi.