Ludwig Göransson

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Ludwig Göransson
Göransson in 2019
Göransson in 2019
Background information
Birth nameLudwig Emil Tomas Göransson
Born (1984-09-01) September 1, 1984 (age 37)
Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Record producer
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Ludwig Emil Tomas Göransson (/ˈɡɔːrənsən/;[2] Swedish: [ˈlɵ̌dːvɪɡ ˈjœ̂ːranˌsɔn]; born September 1, 1984) is a Swedish composer, conductor, and record producer. He has scored films such as Fruitvale Station, the Rocky franchise entries Creed and Creed II, Venom, and Tenet. He also composed the new fanfare for Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as the fanfare for the Star Wars brand logo. For his work on the 2018 superhero film Black Panther, he won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and the Academy Award for Best Original Score,[3][4] and he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. Göransson is also known for his work on American TV series like Community, Happy Endings, New Girl, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, and The Mandalorian, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the last.

As a producer, he has frequently collaborated with Childish Gambino, producing his studio albums Camp, Because the Internet and "Awaken, My Love!" among others. Göransson's producing work on Gambino's single "This Is America" was met with acclaim and accolades. The song earned him two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Overall, his work with Gambino earned him six Grammy Award nominations.[5]

He has also produced for other recording artists such as Adele, Haim, Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys, and Travis Scott.

Early life[edit]

Göransson was born and raised in Linköping, Sweden. His mother, Maria, a florist, is from Warsaw, Poland and his father Tomas, a guitar teacher, is Swedish. He has an older sister named Jessika.[6][7][8] He is named after Ludwig van Beethoven.[6] He began music lessons at a young age and went on to graduate from the Stockholm Royal College of Music. In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program. It was at that university that Ludwig met Ryan Coogler, for whom Ludwig composed the score for the award-winning short film Fig in 2011 (written by Alex George Pickering), which Coogler directed while at USC. The pair would then work together on Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther. Soon after graduating USC he began work assisting Theodore Shapiro, a composer known for films such as Along Came Polly, The Devil Wears Prada, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder. Ludwig's first break came in 2009 as the composer for the comedy Community.

Film and TV composer[edit]

In 2013, Göransson's first feature film came from fellow former USC graduate Ryan Coogler. Göransson composed the score to Coogler's critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station, based on the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on 1 January 2009. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience awards in the Dramatic category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, also taking home the Avenir Prize and Un Certain Regard awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

In August 2013, Göransson signed a management deal as a composer for Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.[9][6] That year he also composed the music for the movie We're the Millers.

In 2015, Coogler and Göransson again worked together this time on the critically acclaimed Rocky franchise film Creed. By 2016-17, he was scoring True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Central Intelligence and Everything, Everything.

In 2018, Göransson and Coogler came together for their third collaboration, Black Panther.[10] Göransson set out to create a score that would sit somewhere between traditional African instrumentation and a traditional superhero score. In order to do this he travelled to Senegal to research traditional African music and instruments. There he met musician Baaba Maal whose voice is featured in the score who sings in his native Fula language. He later traveled to the International Library of African Music in South Africa, founded by Hugh Tracey, where he listened to recordings of traditional musicians to ensure the score had a culturally traditional sound.[11] In 2019, Göransson's score for Black Panther won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[4]

On 22 May 2019, it was announced that because Nolan’s frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer was already booked to score Denis Villeneuve's Dune, Göransson composed the film score for Christopher Nolan's Tenet.[12] He worked on original songs and music with Justin Timberlake for the 2020 film Trolls World Tour.[6]

Since 2019, Göransson has composed the score for the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, which is set in the Star Wars universe, as well as the fanfare for the franchises' brand logo.[6] In 2021, he started scoring sessions for The Mandalorian's spinoff series, The Book of Boba Fett,[13] which premiered on December 29, 2021.

In 2021, he was chosen to be the composer of the new fanfare for Warner Bros. Pictures over Billy Mallery's work and four other composers, which debuted on April 21, 2021 in Italy with Non Mi Uccidere (the television counterpart debuted before its movie counterpart on March 4, 2021 with Young Sheldon Season 4 Episode 10, entitled "Cowboy Aerobics and 473 Grease-Free Bolts"). While the fanfare is in essence the same as the previous one that debuted in 1998 for the opening theme to Warner Bros. movies and was introduced to the closing logos of its TV shows in 2003 (albeit in a different key), it now has a more powerful buildup, and the first notes are played on a guitar as opposed to a piano.

Record producer[edit]

In 2010, when Donald Glover first approached Göransson about his side project, Childish Gambino, the two were working on the set of Community. Since then they have released four albums: Camp, Because the Internet, "Awaken, My Love!", and 3.15.20. Göransson served as producer and writer for every song on the album "Awaken, My Love!", inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic and black power music of the ‘70s. In November, they earned four Grammy nominations for their work, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Redbone".[14]

In 2012, Göransson produced HAIM's debut EP and helped establish the band with a brand new sound on the song "Forever". He also produced two songs on HAIM's debut album Days Are Gone.

On 5 May 2018, "This Is America" was released. Produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson, the song features a gospel-style choir and background contributions from various American rappers Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage, Quavo and Offset. "This Is America" debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 31st song to do so in the chart's history. The song won in all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Best Music Video.

Personal life[edit]

Göransson is married to American violinist Serena McKinney.[15] They were married in 2018, and their son Apollo was born in 2019.[6]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Soundtrack Fruitvale Station Nominated [16]
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Use of Music in a Film Creed Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Original Score or Soundtrack Nominated
International Film Music Critics Association Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year Nominated
Best Original Score for a Drama Film Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Music, Original Song "Grip" (from Creed) Won
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Song Nominated
"Waiting for My Moment" (from Creed) Nominated
Outstanding Original Soundtrack Creed Nominated
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series) Atlanta Nominated
BET Hip Hop Awards Single of the Year "This Is America" Nominated [17]
Grammy Awards Album of the Year "Awaken, My Love!" Nominated [16]
Record of the Year "Redbone" Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score — Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film Black Panther Won [18]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Original Song "Opps" (from Black Panther) Nominated [16]
Best Original Score Black Panther Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Music Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Score Nominated [19]
Academy Awards Best Original Score Won [16]
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Score Nominated
Grammy Awards Record of the Year "This Is America" Won [5]
Song of the Year Won
Best R&B Song "Feels Like Summer" Nominated
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Black Panther Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Score Tenet Nominated [20]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Score Runner-up [21]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series The Mandalorian (for "Chapter 8: Redemption") Won [22]
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Score Tenet Nominated [23]
Satellite Awards Best Original Score Nominated [24]
Saturn Awards Best Music Nominated [25]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series The Mandalorian (for "Chapter 16: The Rescue") Won [26]
Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media The Mandalorian: Season 2 Pending [27]


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