Emil Richards has played percussion on countless classic film and TV soundtracks. Courtesy of Yamaha Artist Services hide caption

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John Powell is nominated for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for his work on How to Train Your Dragon. Dreamworks hide caption

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The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1909, from left: Alfred G. King (first bass), James A. Myers (second tenor), Noah W. Ryder (second bass) and John W. Work II (first tenor). Courtesy of Doug Seroff hide caption

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Renata Scotto has retired from the stage, but she hasn't slowed down — she's now a director and costume designer. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alice Cooper has left a trail of blood and boa constrictors on his way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The score for the Coen brothers' True Grit was written by the pair's longtime collaborator, Carter Burwell. Lorey Sebastian hide caption

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Harry S. Truman was thrust abruptly into the presidency during WWII — and his problems didn't end after the war. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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