Nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards 2023

Emmy Awards

At the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, many musically-themed programs were up for nomination. Wednesday, July 12th, saw the nominees made public. Monday, September 18th is the night of the awards ceremony.

In the category of outstanding variety special (live), Fox’s Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show starring Rihanna faces off against ABC’s The Oscars, CBS’s The Tony Awards, Disney+’s Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium, and Netflix’s Chris Rock: Selective Outrage. The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime performance Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent was the first Super Bowl halftime performance to win a top program Emmy in 2016.

The only two people who were never nominated for a Primetime Emmy are Rihanna and Elton John. The British superstar would become the first person to ever achieve the EGOT if he won. Chris Rock has won four Primetime Emmys, the most recent being for his special Chris Rock: Bring the Pain in 1997.

As of this year, Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC and Real Time are in a dead heat. Shares the record for the most nominations in the category of excellent talk show without a (yet) corresponding victory with Bill Maher. Kimmel’s show is up against some stiff competition this year, including Stephen Colbert’s (CBS) eighth nomination in the category, Trevor Noah’s (Comedy Central) sixth nomination, Seth Meyers’ (NBC) second nomination, and Jon Stewart’s (Apple TV+) first nomination for The Problem with Jon Stewart.

After seven consecutive wins in the category of best discussion series, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver was reclassified as an outstanding scripted variety series. Saturday Night Live, which has received this award for the past six years in a row, is its main rival in this new category. As a result, the Emmys have created suspense in two previously predictable categories. The award-winning HBO series A Black Lady Sketch Show has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the fourth year running.

Dear Mama (FX), about Tupac Shakur’s mom Afeni, is nominated for a Golden Globe for best documentary or non-fiction series. Another rap-centric show, jeen-yuhs: Last year, The Beatles: Get Back beat out A Kanye Trilogy, a film about Ye (then known as Kanye West).

Nominated for best limited or anthology series is George & Tammy (Showtime), which is based on the lives of country music icons George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel) and Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas (NBC) are nominated for best television movie. Two years ago, this award went to Dolly Parton for her Christmas on the Square. Bessie (on gospel musician Bessie Smith, 2015) and Behind the Candelabra (about comedian Liberace, 2013) are two other recent examples of music-related films that have won in this category.

The Golden Globes have nominated Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love for Best Pre-Recorded Variety Special. The TV legend has been nominated for an Emmy for the seventh straight decade. In 1962, for her role on The Garry Moore Show, she received her first nomination.

The 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on FOX from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/5:00-8:00 p.m. PT). The show will be executive produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Emmy winners Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon and Emmy nominee Jeannae Rouzan-Clay.

Below is a Complete List of Nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”
“House of the Dragon”
“The Last of Us”
“The White Lotus”

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Abbott Elementary”
“The Bear”
“Jury Duty”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Only Murders in the Building”
“Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Limited Series

“Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”
“Daisy Jones & The Six”
“Fleishman Is in Trouble”
“Obi-Wan Kenobi”

Outstanding Reality/Competition Series

“The Amazing Race”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”