Music-Related Shows Dominate Nominations for the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been unveiled, and music-related shows have garnered significant recognition across various program categories. Among the notable contenders is the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rihanna, which has received a nomination for an outstanding variety special (live) on Fox. It faces stiff competition from the Tonys on CBS, the Oscars on ABC, Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium on Disney+, and Chris Rock: Selective Outrage on Netflix. Last year, the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent made history as the first halftime show to win a top program Emmy.

First-Time Emmy Awards Nominees and Potential EGOT for Elton John

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards nominations mark the first time Rihanna and Elton John have received nods. If Elton John wins, he will achieve EGOT status, joining the exclusive group of individuals who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Additionally, Chris Rock, a four-time Primetime Emmy Awards winner, has a chance to add another accolade to his name. He previously won in 1997 for outstanding variety, music, or comedy special with Chris Rock: Bring the Pain.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Talk Show Rivalries

Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC has secured its 12th nomination for outstanding talk series, placing it in a tie with Real Time With Bill Maher for the most nominations in the category without a win. This year, it faces tough competition from The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS (its seventh nomination), The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Comedy Central (its sixth nomination), Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC (its second nomination), and The Problem With Jon Stewart on Apple TV+ (its first nomination). The race for the outstanding talk series award promises intense rivalry and anticipation.

Shakeup in Categories and Fierce Competition

The Emmys have introduced changes in two categories, bringing about an exciting shakeup. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, a seven-time consecutive winner in the outstanding talk series category, has been moved to the outstanding scripted variety series category, where it is nominated. Its primary rival in this new category is the perennial winner Saturday Night Live, which has triumphed for the past six years. The outstanding scripted variety series category also features HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, securing its fourth consecutive nomination. The competition in these categories guarantees high stakes and anticipation. 

The Voice Breaks Records and Documentaries Shine

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NBC’s The Voice has achieved a remarkable feat, receiving its 12th nomination for outstanding reality/competition program, setting a new record for music or dance programs. Surpassing shows like Dancing With the Stars (11 nominations), American Idol (nine nominations), and So You Think You Can Dance (five nominations), The Voice solidifies its status as a perennial favorite.

In the outstanding documentary or non-fiction series category, two music-centered shows stand out. Dear Mama on FX, a program delving into the life of Tupac Shakur and his mother, Afeni Shakur, is vying for the award. Additionally, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, a series exploring the journey of Kanye West (formerly known as Kanye West), was nominated last year but lost to The Beatles: Get Back.

Music Legends and TV Movies in the Running

George & Tammy on Showtime, a series chronicling the lives of country music icons George Jones and Tammy Wynette, has received a nomination for outstanding limited or anthology series.

Two music-themed television movies have also earned nominations in Emmy Awards. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on The Roku Channel and Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas on NBC have been recognized for outstanding television movies. Notably, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square emerged victorious in this category two years ago. Other recent music-related movies that won in the same category include Bessie (2015), a biopic about gospel legend Bessie Smith, and Behind the Candelabra (2013), which explored the life of entertainer Liberace.

Celebrating Carol Burnett and Upcoming Awards Show

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Carol Burnett: 90 Years Of Laughter + Love, a tribute to the iconic TV personality, has secured a nomination for an outstanding variety special (pre-recorded). This marks the seventh consecutive decade that Carol Burnett has received an Emmy Awards nomination. Her first nod came in 1962 for her work on The Garry Moore Show.

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be telecast live coast-to-coast from Los Angeles on Monday, September 18. The show will be executive produced by Emmy winners Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon, alongside Emmy Awards nominee JeannaeRouzanClay of Jesse Collins Entertainment. The anticipation for the awards ceremony continues to build as music-related shows take center stage among the nominees.

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