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‘I’m Just Ken’ Is an Ultimate Hit at Music Awards!

By Orgesta Tolaj


16 January 2024

i’m Just Ken Music Awards

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When he said, “Anywhere else I’d be a 10,” he really meant it! And these music awards wins definitely prove that! Who would have thought that a character from a Barbie movie could become a sensation at award shows? Well, that’s exactly what happened when “I’m Just Ken” stole the show with his incredible talent and charisma. “I’m Just Ken” from the Barbie movie has proven that he is not just a plastic doll but a multifaceted artist who is “kenough.” Maybe that was the point of the movie all along!

What Are the Critics Choice Awards?

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards recognize achievements in the film industry across various categories. This includes acting, directing, writing, and technical categories. Critics’ Choice Television Awards similarly honor excellence in television programming.

The Critics Choice Awards show was executive-produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the U.S. and Canada. It comprises over 600 media critics and entertainment journalists. Established in 2019, it officially merged the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

Why Are They So Important?

These awards ceremonies have gained prominence as they are often seen as indicators of potential success at other major award shows. This includes shows such as the Academy Awards (Oscars) for films and the Emmy Awards for television. The Critics Choice Awards are known for having separate categories for genres like comedy and action. This provides a diverse range of recognition within the industry.

‘I’m Just Ken’ Sweeps out Music Awards

“I’m Just Ken” from the Barbie movie won Best Song at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards. The win followed Billie Eilish and Finneas’ “What Was I Made For?” winning the Golden Globe in the same category. This mixed reception sets the stage for a competitive race for the Oscar for Best Original Song, marking the first time in three years that there is no clear frontrunner. In the previous two years, “No Time to Die” and “Naatu Naatu” secured both precursor awards on their path to winning the Oscar.

I’m Just Ken Music Awards
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The Masterminds Behind “I’m Just Ken”

Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, co-writers of “I’m Just Ken,” clinched their second Critics Choice Award in the same category, having previously won five years ago for co-writing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born alongside Lady Gaga and Anthony Rossomando. During his acceptance speech, Ronson extended gratitude to Ryan Gosling, the performer of the winning song in the film, acknowledging his matchless performance and stating, “This is as much your award as ours.” Ronson also appreciated director Greta Gerwig, recognizing her pivotal role in allocating 11 minutes for the song within the film, a prog-rock, power ballad, dream ballet, and shred-fest, allowing for emotional moments among the characters. He said, “We’re forever in your debut for that.”

Oppenheimer Was the Only One to Beat It

Yes, Barbenheimer is visiting us in 2024 as well! Ludwig Göransson’s original score for “Oppenheimer” continues to dominate, winning both the Critics Choice Award and the Golden Globe for best original score. The 29th annual Critics Choice Awards, hosted by Chelsea Handler, saw “Oppenheimer” as the top film winner, securing eight awards, including best picture and best director. Meanwhile, “Barbie” followed closely with six awards. Additionally, all three core cast members of Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” received recognition, with Paul Giamatti winning best actor, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as best supporting actress, and Dominic Sessa as best young actor/actress.

I’m Just Ken Music Awards
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Biggest Shoutouts

“Killers of the Flower Moon,” despite receiving 12 nominations, experienced a notable shutout at the Critics Choice Awards. Similarly, “Maestro” and “The Color Purple” also failed to secure any wins despite earning eight and five nominations, respectively. On the TV side, “The Bear” and “Beef” emerged as the leading winners with four awards each, followed by “Succession” with three awards.

Non-Competitive Awards

The Critics Choice Awards featured two non-competitive awards: James Mangold presented the Career Achievement Award to Harrison Ford, and Margot Robbie presented the SeeHer Award to her Barbie co-star America Ferrera. During Ferrera’s acceptance speech, she acknowledged three younger Latina actresses making significant strides in the industry – Ariana Greenblatt, her on-screen daughter in Barbie, along with Selena Gomez and Jenna Ortega.

What do you think of “I’m Just Ken” sweeping up Music Awards? Do you think it is deserved?

You might also want to read: ‘Barbie’ vs ‘Oppenheimer’ – Who Wins?

Orgesta Tolaj

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