“I really want to take a minute to look at this category of incredible nominated songwriters tonight,” said Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who accepted the award with her husband and co-writer Robert Lopez. “Not only are we diverse, but we are close to 50/50 for gender representation. When you look at a category like ours, it helps us imagine a world where all the categories look like this one.”
Robert Lopez gave a shout out to the couple’s “Frozen Broadway family” (that musical is currently in previews) before ending with, “This is for my mom who passed away. Everyone who knew her will always remember her.”
“Remember Me” was performed earlier in the night by Gael García Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade, and Miguel.
The song beat out four others, including “Mighty River” by Mary J. Blige (from Mudbound) and Sufjan Stevens’ whispery ballad “Mystery Of Love” from Call Me by Your Name.
Other nominees were “Stand Up For Something,” from Marshall, performed by Andra Day and Common, written by Lonnie Lynn and Diane Warren; and “This is Me,” from The Greatest Showman, written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and performed by Keala Settle.