The Voice has broken a new record for music or dance programs by securing its 12th nomination for outstanding reality/competition program at the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The nominations were unveiled on July 12, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for September 18. Among the numerous music-related shows recognized in various categories, The Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rihanna (Fox) is nominated for outstanding variety special (live), competing against the Tonys (CBS), the Oscars (ABC), Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium (Disney+), and Chris Rock: Selective Outrage (Netflix). Notably, last year’s Super Bowl halftime show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent became the first of its kind to win a top program Emmy.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) received its 12th nomination for outstanding talk series, putting it in a tie with Real Time With Bill Maher for the most nods in the category without a win yet. Competing against Kimmel’s show this year are The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS), The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central), Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC), and The Problem With Jon Stewart (Apple TV+).
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which has won outstanding talk series for the past seven years, has now been moved to the outstanding scripted variety series category, where it is nominated. Its primary competition in this new category is Saturday Night Live, which has triumphed for six consecutive years. HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, nominated for the fourth year in a row, completes the lineup for the scripted variety series category.
In the outstanding reality competition program category, NBC’s The Voice has secured its 12th nomination, setting a new record for music or dance programs. It surpasses the 11 nominations of Dancing With the Stars, nine of American Idol, and five of So You Think You Can Dance.
Other notable nominations include Dear Mama (FX), a series about Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni Shakur, competing for outstanding documentary or non-fiction series. Additionally, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, a series about Kanye West, received a nomination last year but lost to The Beatles: Get Back. George & Tammy (Showtime), focusing on country music legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette, is nominated for outstanding limited or anthology series.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel) and Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas (NBC) are both nominated for outstanding television movie. Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square emerged as the winner in this category two years ago. Recent music-related films that have won in this category include Bessie (2015) about gospel legend Bessie Smith and Behind the Candelabra (2013) about entertainer Liberace.
Lastly, Carol Burnett: 90 Years Of Laughter + Love is nominated for outstanding variety special (pre-recorded). This marks the seventh consecutive decade in which the TV icon has received a nomination. Her first nod came in 1962 for her work on The Garry Moore Show.
The 75th Emmy Awards will be broadcast live coast-to-coast from Los Angeles on September 18, airing on FOX. Emmy winners Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon, along with Emmy nominee Jeannae Rouzan-Clay from Jesse Collins Entertainment, will serve as executive producers for the show.