It looks like the 2023 Emmy Awards will have some star power from the music industry. Several musicians have been recognized for their outstanding work, with nominations going to big names like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and Lizzo.
Rihanna stole the show with her explosive Super Bowl halftime performance, where she not only wowed the audience but also revealed her baby bump, causing a stir on the internet. Her halftime show has earned her an impressive five Emmy nominations.
In particular, she is in the running for the best variety special (live) award, which she shares with executive producer Jay-Z. Jay-Z himself is also nominated for best directing for a variety special, alongside Hamish Hamilton.
Jay-Z has already experienced Emmy success, as he, along with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent, won the best variety special (live) award last year for their fantastic performance during the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show.
But it’s not just Rihanna and Jay-Z who are receiving recognition. Elton John, Lizzo, and Ed Sheeran have also secured Emmy nominations.
Elton John is in competition with Rihanna and Jay-Z for the best variety special (live) award. If he wins, he will become an EGOT, joining the prestigious group of individuals who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. Elton John, who is 76 years old, received the nomination for his final concert special, “Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium,” which aired on Disney+.
Ed Sheeran, known for his catchy tunes, is nominated for best original music and lyrics for his song “A Beautiful Game” from the popular series “Ted Lasso.” He shares this nomination with the iconic pop producer Max Martin and singer-songwriter Foy Vance.
Lizzo, who won the best competition program award last year for “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” is back with a nomination for best variety special (prerecorded) for her performance in HBO Max’s “Lizzo: Live in Concert.”
While Selena Gomez did not receive a nomination herself this year, her Apple TV+ documentary, “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” which received critical acclaim, earned a nomination for its writers, Alek Keshishian and Paul Marchand. They are competing in the category of best writing for a nonfiction program.
The late Tupac Shakur is also being recognized with two nominations for the documentary “Dear Mama.” It is up for the best documentary or nonfiction series award, as well as the best writing for a nonfiction program award.
Another posthumous honor went to The Notorious B.I.G. Estate, which received a nomination for best interactive program with “The Notorious B.I.G. Sky’s The Limit: A VR Concert Experience.” The rock band Gorillaz is also in contention in the same category with their Google-powered performance, “Gorillaz Presents.”
Composer Nicholas Britell is a double nominee in the best music composition for a series (original dramatic score) category for his work on “Succession” and “Andor.” Danny Elfman is also competing in this category for his contribution to the series “Wednesday.” Both Britell and Elfman are additionally nominated for the best original main title theme music award, with Britell being recognized for “Andor” and Elfman for “Wednesday.”
Hans Zimmer, an accomplished composer who has previously won Oscars and Grammys and has been nominated for Tonys and Emmys, has been acknowledged this year for his work on AppleTV+’s “Prehistoric Planet.” He is competing for the best music composition for a documentary series or special (original dramatic score) award.
Adam Blackstone, who won an Emmy last year as the musical director at the Super Bowl halftime show, is once again in the running. He is a double nominee for the best music direction award, recognized for his work on Rihanna’s halftime show and the 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
In addition, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” available on The Roku Channel, received a staggering eight nominations, including the highly coveted best television movie award. Al Yankovic himself received nominations for his screenwriting and songwriting, with nods in the best writing for a limited or anthology series or movie category and the best original music and lyrics category for his song “Now You Know.”
With such a talented and diverse group of musicians vying for recognition at the Emmy Awards, it’s sure to be an exciting event that showcases the powerful intersection of music and television.