"Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labor rather than as a bolt out of the blue."

  • Born John Christopher Williams on Feb. 8, 1932, Floral Park, New York
  • John Williams has composed music for some of the most successful film franchises in cinema history, including Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Schindler's List, and Harry Potter.
  • Williams earned his first career GRAMMY for 1975 for Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special for Jaws. More than a decade prior, Williams earned his first career nomination for 1961 for Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television for "Checkmate," a CBS television series.
  • As part of a film music medley, Williams conducted the Star Wars main theme on the 41st GRAMMY Awards in 1999.
  • Williams served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his assignments, he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force band.
  • Williams is an ardent supporter of the Young Musicians Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing young musicians with access to exceptional musical education.​

John Williams

"Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labor rather than as a bolt out of the blue."

  • Born John Christopher Williams on Feb. 8, 1932, Floral Park, New York
  • John Williams has composed music for some of the most successful film franchises in cinema history, including Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Schindler's List, and Harry Potter.
  • Williams earned his first career GRAMMY for 1975 for Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special for Jaws. More than a decade prior, Williams earned his first career nomination for 1961 for Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television for "Checkmate," a CBS television series.
  • As part of a film music medley, Williams conducted the Star Wars main theme on the 41st GRAMMY Awards in 1999.
  • Williams served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his assignments, he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force band.
  • Williams is an ardent supporter of the Young Musicians Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing young musicians with access to exceptional musical education.​

GRAMMY Award Results for John Williams

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Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
The Book Thief
 
Nominations
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Lincoln
 
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Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Adventures Of Tintin - The Secret Of The Unicorn
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
The Adventures Of Mutt
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
 
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Best Instrumental Composition
A Prayer For Peace
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Munich
Best Instrumental Composition
Sayuri's Theme And End Credits
 
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Star Wars Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith
Best Instrumental Composition
Anakin's Betrayal
Best Instrumental Composition
The Ferry Scene
 
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
 
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Catch Me If You Can
Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
 
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Best Instrumental Composition
Hedwig's Theme
 
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Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
A. I. - Artificial Intelligence
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
Theme From Angela's Ashes
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Stella By Starlight - From The Uninvited
 
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Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Saving Private Ryan
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Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Amistad
Best Classical Crossover Album
Gershwin Fantasy (Fantasy For Violin And Orchestra On Porgy And Bess; Three Preludes; Songs For Violin And Orchestra) (Album)
 
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Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Seven Years In Tibet
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
 
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Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Moonlight (From Sabrina)
 
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Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Schindler's List
 
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Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Jurassic Park
 
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Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Hook
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Hook
 
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Best Pop Instrumental Performance
John Williams Conducts John Williams/ The Star Wars Trilogy (Album)
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Somewhere In My Memory (From Home Alone)
 
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Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Born On The Fourth Of July
 
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Best Album Of Original Instrumental Background Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
Olympic Spirit
Best Album Of Original Instrumental Background Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television
Empire Of The Sun
 
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Best Album Or Original Instrumental Background Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television
The Witches Of Eastwick
 
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Best Recording For Children
Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf (Album)
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
Olympic Fanfare & Theme
 
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Best Album Or Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Star Wars - The Return Of The Jedi
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
Flying - Theme From E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording
Flying
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
Best Instrumental Composition
Adventure On Earth
 
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Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
The Empire Strikes Back
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
The Empire Strikes Back