The TV special "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" and the singing competition "The Voice" (both from NBC) were the top music-oriented shows that received several nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. FX's hip-hop-influenced comedy series "Atlanta" also earned multiple nods, as did the 60th Grammy Awards telecast. The nominations were announced July 12, and the awards will be presented Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. "Saturday Night Live" cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the ceremony, and NBC will have the live U.S. telecast of the show, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the most nominations (22) in all categories. This year's Creative Arts Emmy Awards (the technical categories of the Primetime Emmys) will be presented Sept. 8-9 at the Microsoft Theater, and the ceremony will air Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FXX.
"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," which aired April 1, earned 13 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live). "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" stars John Legend (who played Jesus Christ), Sara Bareilles (who played Mary Magdalene) and Brandon Victor Dixon (who played Judas) also received Emmy nominations. With his Emmy nomination, Legend has a chance at being in the rare EGOT club (people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). Legend has 10 Grammys, an Oscar (for co-writing the song "Glory" for the 2014 movie "Selma") and a Tony for co-producing "Jitney."
Meanwhile, "The Voice" received 10 Emmy nods, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, an Emmy award that "The Voice" has previously won in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
"Atlanta," the Emmy-winning fictional comedy series about two cousins trying to make it big in Atlanta's hip-hop scene, garnered 16 nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series. In addition, "Atlanta" star/showrunner Donald Glover received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Glover also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (for hosting "Saturday Night Live").
The 60th Grammy Awards telecast, which aired Jan. 28 in the U.S. on CBS, has four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live), where it faces off against "Jesus Christ Superstar Live," ABC's "The Oscars" (the 70th Academy Awards), NBC's "75th Golden Globe Awards" and HBO's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs." The 60th Grammy Awards telecast also received Emmy nods for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special; Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special; and Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special.
Other notable nominations include:
Grammy-winning artist Bruno Mars received his first Emmy nomination (Outstanding Music Direction) for being the musical director of his CBS special "24K Magic Live at the Apollo." The other TV specials nominated in the category are "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute" (CBS), "The Oscars" (ABC), "Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake" (NBC) and "Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" (PBS).
The songwriting duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul get their first shot of being in the EGOT club, by receiving their first Emmy nomination. Pasek and Paul are nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "In the Market for a Miracle" from Fox's musical special "A Christmas Story Live!" Paul and Pasek have already won an Oscar (for "La La Land"), a Grammy and a Tony (for "Dear Evan Hansen"), as well as two Golden Globes (for "La La Land" and "The Greatest Showman").
Steve Martin is also nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, for writing "The Buddy Song" from the Netflix special "Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life." The other nominees in the category are "Totally Gay" from the "Am I Gay?" episode of Netflix's "Big Mouth"; "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" from the "Day 450" episode of CBS's "The Good Fight"; "Just Getting Started" from the HBO documentary "If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast"; and "Come Back Barack" from the "Saturday Night Live" episode hosted by Chance The Rapper.
Here is the complete list of nominations for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" and "The Voice":
"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert"
Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie - John Legend
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie - Brandon Victor Dixon
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie - Sara Bareilles
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for Limited Series, Movie or Special
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special
Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
Outstanding Hairstyling for A Multi-Camera Series or Special
Outstanding Makeup for A Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Reality-Competition Series
Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program
Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series or Special
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series