The Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl Halftime Show have a few things in common. Of course, both have been on network television for decades, but neither has won a top Emmy for variety show – an award now known as Outstanding Variety Special (online). next). Both shows were nominated in that category again this year.
Will one of these shows finally prevail this year? Entirely possible. Received five Emmy nominations this year, three more than any other in this category – Oscar (has received three nods), Current Tony Awards: Broadway’s Back! (have received two) and Live in front of the studio audience: The truth of life and the differences are not the same (which also get two).
The Grammys became a live TV show in March 1971, but they assumed a higher profile when the show expanded from two hours to three hours in February 1983. The timing of the expansion was lucky. The following year, Michael Jackson set a new record for most Grammys won in one night. That 1984 performance, in effect a pop coronation, actually needed to last three hours.
The Super Bowl goes even further back. It has been broadcast every year since 1967, although the mid-season program didn’t become the major event we know it today until the early 90s. In late 1986, the show was financed by a partnership group. Singing the bland vocal Up With People. That changed in 1991 when the show New Kids on the Block rose to fame, followed by Gloria Estefan in 1992 and the real game changer, Jackson in 1993.
This year’s Super Bowl halftime show – officially called Pepsi Super Bowl LVI halftime show starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent – is a celebration of widely acclaimed hip-hop music and culture. It may be the frontrunner to win this award, but award shows have a way of surprising us.
Several artists have performed on more than one of these competition shows. Snoop Dogg was one of the headliners on the Super Bowl Halftime Show and also played Vernon in the live revival of different blows. Anderson .Paak was the featured performer on the Super Bowl Halftime Show and was also the opening act of this year’s Grammy Awards, alongside Bruno Mars, as Silk Sonic. In addition to storing and performing on Current Tony Awards: Broadway’s Back!, Leslie Odom Jr performed at the Grammys, in the perfect salute for the late Stephen Sondheim. John Legend and Ben Platt have also performed on both the Tonys and the Grammys.
Several key behind-the-scenes talents have also worked with multiple nominations. Jesse Collins is an executive producer of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards and a producer of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Hamish Hamilton directed both of those shows. Glenn Weiss has directed both the Oscars and the Current Tony Awards: Broadway’s Back!
Here’s a closer look at this year’s Emmy nominations for Best Variety Special (live):
https://www.billboard.com/lists/emmy-awards-grammys-super-bowl-halftime-show/ A closer look at the best special magazine nominations (Live) – Billboard