The 2022 Emmy nominees were announced this morning, and several singers and musicians earned nominations, including Adele, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and the Super Bowl halftime crew consisting of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.
Adele’s One Night Only is up for Best Variety Special. Also nominated in that category is One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, the show that documented the 95-year-old Bennett’s final live concerts ever. They will compete against standup comedy specials by Norm McDonald and Dave Chappelle, plus a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary special.
Gaga and Bennett were previously nominated in 2015 for their special Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! That show failed to capture the Emmy.
Gaga has been nominated for three Emmys in the past, abut has yet to win one. Getting an Emmy is an important step in achieving the coveted EGOT (Emmy-Grammy-Oscar=Tony), so let’s keep our fingers crossed for her! She already has several Grammys and an Oscar in her trophy case.
Lizzo snagged a nomination for Best Competition Program for her Amazon Prime show Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls. She probably won’t win, given that her competition includes The Amazing Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards – the ones dominated by Silk Sonic and Jon Batiste – are nominated for Best Variety Special. The Grammys will compete with the Oscars, the Tony Awards, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show. That halftime show was the first to put hip-hop front and center, and its performers (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent) can now consider themselves Emmy nominees.
James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is a contender for Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama Or Variety Series. Netflix’s jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is nominated for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Atlanta. The New York Times documentary Controlling Britney Spears is up for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special, although Britney herself does not get credit for the nomination.
The Beatles: Get Back • Part 3: Days 17-22 is a contender for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera). Giles Martin, the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin, was credited as a nominee.
The category Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special features five music-related nominees. The Adele and Bennett/Gaga specials will compete against the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.
Selena Gomez had been considered an Emmy contender for the terrific Hulu series Only Murders in the Building, but she was not nominated. Her co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short both earned nods, and the show is up for Best Comedy Series.
The award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics often features a lot of names familiar to pop music fans, but that’s not the case this year. The nominees include two songs from Euphoriaco-written by Zendaya, along with tracks from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schmigadoon!, and This is Us.
The Emmy Awards air September 12 on NBC.