• Taika Waititi won a Grammy for the soundtrack on his film Jojo Rabbit (Getty)Source: Getty
Maori filmmaker and producer Taika Waititi received a pleasant surprise at the Grammys, winning an award for the soundtrack to his film 'Jojo Rabbit'.
By
Rachael Hocking

Source:
NITV News
16 Mar 2021 - 3:56 PM  UPDATED 16 Mar 2021 - 5:28 PM

In a hilarious video acceptance speech, Taika Waititi thanked the Recording Academy for awarding his film Jojo Rabbit with the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Grammy.

Shot from a caravan on the set of his new Thor film, the poor connection almost ruined the Indigenous director's thank you video. 

“Hi, I don’t know, this seems like not a great connection. I’m in a trailer… on a movie set!” he said.

“Well thank you very much for this honour. I guess they’re just giving Grammys to anyone now. I’ll take it, thank you.

"What can I say, it was so long ago, I can barely remember anything about making that movie

“But it seems like it’s never going to go away, and I’m happy with that.”

The legendary Maori creative won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit in 2020 and recently scored Emmy nominations for What We Do in the Shadows and The Mandalorian.

Jojo Rabbit is a satire in which Mr Waititi plays a fictional Adolf Hitler, the imaginary friend of a young German boy. The soundtrack includes German-language versions of David Bowie and the Beatles.

Brisbane-based Tibetan refugee Tenzin Choegyal was one of four Australian artists nominated for the 63rd Grammy Music Awards, with his a contemporary interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead nominated for Best New Age album.

Elsewhere, Queen of R'n'B Beyonce Knowles broke new ground, taking home four Grammys and becoming the most awarded woman in Grammy history, and the overall most awarded singer.

"As an artist, I believe it's my job, and all of our jobs, to reflect the times. It has been such a difficult time so I wanted to uplift, encourage, and celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world," she said.

Her work with Megan Thee Stallion on Savage was recognised with awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, while her groundbreaking performance of Black Parade and video for Brown Skin Girl also took home accolades. 

It comes off the back of continued criticism aimed at the Grammys for ignoring artists of colour.

Taika Waititi dedicates Oscar win to 'all the Indigenous kids of the world'
Waitati, who was born in Raukokore, New Zealand, is the first Oscar winner of Maori descent.