Suicide Squad isn’t expected to be in contention for any movie awards over the next few weeks and months. David Ayer’s blockbuster was criticised heavily upon its release in August, with film journalists attacking its overly stylised aesthetic and chaotic plot.
But it turns out that Suicide Squad has been recognized by one awards ceremony, as it has received five Grammy nominations. The team behind Suicide Squad took to the film’s Instagram account to celebrate this achievement, captioning their post with “Congratulations to Suicide Squad on 5 Grammy nominations.”
Suicide Squad’s five 2017 Grammy nominations are for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media, which was for Suicide Squad – The Album (Collector’s Edition), while Twenty One Pilots’ song “Heathens” was nominated for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Song Written For Visual Media, and Skrillex and Rick Ross’ “Purple Lamborghini” has been nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media.
Suicide Squad will learn if they’ve won one, two, three, four or all of the above awards when the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is held on February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where it will be hosted by James Corden.
The musical choices made by Warner Bros. and director David Ayer for Suicide Squad were originally met with a positive reaction from moviegoers, especially their use in its trailers. However, when the film was eventually released critics lambasted the erratic use of music in Suicide Squad, which only seemed to hinder the rhythm of the blockbuster rather than aiding it.
That’s despite the fact that it included the likes of “The House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals, “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC, “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West, “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. However the released soundtrack for Suicide Squad didn’t include any of these tracks, and was instead made up of,
1. “Purple Lamborghini” (Skrillex & Rick Ross) Skrillex & Beat Billionaire
2. “Sucker for Pain” (Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors) Alex Da Kid
3. “Heathens” (Twenty One Pilots) Mike Elizondo & Tyler Joseph
4. “Standing in the Rain” (Action Bronson, Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach) Mark Ronson
5. “Gangsta” (Kehlani) JMIKE & Djemba
6. “Know Better” (Kevin Gates) JMIKE & T-Collar
7. “You Don’t Own Me” (Grace featuring G-Eazy) Quincy Jones & Parker Ighile
8. “Without Me” (Eminem) Eminem, Bass (co.), DJ Head (add.)
9. “Wreak Havoc” (Skylar Grey) Jason Evigan
10. “Medieval Warfare” (Grimes) Grimes
11. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Panic! at the Disco) Butch Walker
12. “Slippin’ into Darkness” (War) War
13. “Fortunate Son” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) John Fogerty
14. “I Started a Joke” (ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson) John Samuel Hanson & Kyle Biane
Suicide Squad’s soundtrack ultimately proved to do rather well for Warner Bros., too. In the United States it went on to sell over 128,000 copies in its first week on the Billboard 200 chart, where it debuted at number one. By September 23, 2016, Suicide Squad’s soundtrack had sold over 500,000 units and was certified gold in the U.S. By November 11, 2016, Suicide Squad’s soundtrack had gone platinum as it sold over 1,000,000 copies.
Suicide Squad’s soundtrack has been compared to the soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy from Marvel Studios, which was released back in 2014. This was nominated for the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media last year. It ultimately lost out on this accolade to the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
Suicide Squad will hope to have more luck than James Gunn’s blockbuster when it will go up against Amy, Miles Ahead, Straight Outta Compton, and Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 2017 Grammys. We’ll find out if that’s the case in February.
[Featured Image by Warner Bros]