Composer John Williams has won his 25th Grammy at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards held January 26, 2020, for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, in the Best Instrumental Composition category.

In 1978 Williams won his first Grammy for the Main Theme from Star Wars. Now he has won again with the music from Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge in-park attraction.

Dr. Williams (he has been awarded three honorary doctorates in music, from Harvard, Berklee College of Music, and Boston College) has been nominated for 52 Academy Awards and won five. He has also won three Emmys, four Golden Globe Awards, 25 Grammy Awards, and five BAFTA Awards. Williams currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person, and is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history behind Walt Disney, who had fifty-nine nominations. He is one of the most popular, well-respected composers in Hollywood.

Because he works primarily with movie soundtracks, he has not yet won the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, Tony) quadruple crown. He has won fifteen Sammy Film Music Awards. He has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. 

If you go to Anaheim, California or Orlando, Florida, you can not only enjoy a good meal at Docking Bay 7 but listen to excellent music – the award winning theme can be hard as you enter Galaxy’s Edge from within the park from any direction, as it sets the theme and emotionally prepares you for the new total immersion context in which you find yourself. If you can’t make the journey, you can hear the symphonic suite (as well as much of Williams’ other music) here at

The backwater planet Batuu is the location for Disney Parks’ new Galaxy’s Edge area congratulates Mr. Williams on his newest and well-deserved accolade.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.