Now that the first round of Emmy voting is over, who will be nominated for Tuti’s Best Song? RuPaul? Hailey Steinfield? Darren Chris? Christine Chenoth?
That’s right, the four actors are potential nominees in the Emir’s Song Contest, officially known as Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics … such as Weekend, Sarah Berilis, Brad Paisley and Nick Jonas – about 200 other lyricists.
If you’re an Emmy voter in the music industry, how do you decide which song to vote for? Have you already chosen something you know and like, or are you investigating some or all of the tunes you have entered?
There are seven music sections here, which include more than 300 individual programs, a difficult task even for the most diligent voters. The huge number of shows entered is irresistible, and none – especially the working professionals, most of the approximately 600 composers, lyricists and music supervisors in the TV Academy’s so-called “music peer group” – can probably see it all.
Emmy’s original-song section is challenging on several fronts. There are 103 controversial tunes, ranging from many obscure series or movies, to an amazing number written or edited by top writers and singers who may have an advantage simply because of their lineage.
The Weekend is Fox’s “American Dad!” Credit co-author of one of the songs, ABC’s “Brad Paisley thinks he’s special,” animated Apple TV + “Central Park,” Jonas chases Nick Jonas ‘country singer Brad Paisley’s Brothers’ Amazon documentary “Happiness Chases,” for Gender HBO Series Labrinth, the Godfather of Harlem, the “Zone Legend of the Apex Series”, “Hulu” Small Places Everywhere, “for Trade Reasoner and Atticus Ross HBO for” Watchmen. ” “
Netflix’s “AJ & Queen,” Hallmark’s Christine Chenoth’s “A Christmas Love Story,” and “Healy Steinfeld” are some of the movie actors who have been credited as authors for a song that is very contemporary with Dickinson during Apple TV. , “And Darren Chris in” Quebec’s “Royalties.
Documentary songs have a shot, especially when they’ve already received a lot of publicity because they qualified for the Oscars the previous year. Diane Warren won the 2016 Campus-Rape Dock for “The Hunting Ground” for Lady Gaga’s song “It Becomes Yours” and Common won the “Letter to the Free” the following year from the document of racial injustice “13th.”
This year, Warren has another song written for “Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story,” which went on Netflix after the band last year. Similarly, Ferrari Williams is in favor of Amy for the song he wrote for the clearance event Doc “The Black Godfather”, which was also Oscar-winning last year. Singer-songwriter Sia deserves another doc, “Seven Worlds, a Planet.”
The song has three subcategories that have better-than-average shots in terms of nominations, and the last one is a prize: “Sunday Night Live,” the weekly nightly talk show, and the annual Tony Awards.
“SNL” has won three times (two for Justin Timberlake, one of which was for the infamous “Dick in the Box”). This year NBC’s Weekend Fixtures has entered five songs, ranging from Adam Driver (“Slow”), Weekly (“On the Couch”) and Adam Sandler (“On the Couch”) and humorous flavors from “Drink the Kids” Stuck ”).
The opening numbers at Tomis won the EMJ (2012-14) for three consecutive years. Host James Corden’s live, 10-minute, extensively choreographed performance at Radio City Music Hall in June 2019 so far this year.
Name recognition can also add points to a late-night talk show. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The two have entered, like “Last Late Show with John Oliver tonight,” “Late Show with James Corden” and “Full Front with Samantha’s Marriage”.
So don’t count taste as a reason. Won “Dick in a Box” in 200D (despite high-level music-department officials trying to disqualify it for vulgar content) and won Jimmy Kimmel’s “I’m IGM Effing Matt Damon” the following year. John Oliver sings “All Sat, Bob” to a coal baron targeting graphic masturbation and a coal baron on a song from this year’s Q&A Anand Netflix animated “Big Face”.
Then there are the shows that revolve around music – again, an advantage for branch members who have never been heard to be bothered to check. Disney’s “High School Musical: Musical: The Series” entered four songs and submitted two of the same studio’s “Landing 3”.
Popular shows with musical elements, including Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Michelle”, Amazon’s “Transparent” music finale, and Netflix’s musical drama “The Eddie,” are also large-scale om and have 29 million views on YouTube. Netflix’s fantasy series “The Whiter” song? (Last year’s winner had a song from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” that regularly builds music numbers around her stars and scripts))
Even Oscar-winning credentials are no guarantee of nomination. “La La Land” lyricists Benz Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the sweet marriage-proposal song “Running Home to You” for “The Flash” in 2017, but the music branch passed. There have been two controversies this year over Pasek’s YouTube “Sunday Night Cedar” fundraiser.
Are there too many nominated candidates to consider rationally? What will a conscientious voter do?
“All voting members of the Music Peer Group have been instructed to vote for the flexibility they see and are eligible to be nominated,” said July Shore, VP of TV Academy Awards and Member Services. “Beginning in March, they have been provided with access codes so that they can watch and listen to programming on all platforms, networks and view networks that provide networks to promote your consideration. They can view and listen to all entries from the Academy’s FYC viewing platform, which Allows you to select entries by category. “
“Most of them are quite tall,” admits a music supervisor who has seen multiple entries on the academy’s streaming platform. (Viewed about 30 different types on YouTube, but many of the songs there are not original video content, just a slide from the show))
“You can vote for one or all,” said one longtime member. “You have no assurance that anything has been seen. It’s just a coin flip, anyone who logs in and says, I like it. It feels more like an online survey. “
For the past two years, the music branch that TV Academy designed and implemented two decades ago was designed to ensure that each digit was tested by at least a handful of fellow branch members. But it was complicated and costly, academy executives say and costing their voters – because you had to agree to judge another to enter a section, and many busy composers and lyricists just couldn’t take the time.
“The current voting system has significantly increased the participation of music peer group members,” Shore reports.
For many years, the nominees in the song category were selected by a “blue-ribbon panel” of top TV composers and lyricists, watching all entries one evening at the academy. Sometimes more than 40 people will take part and the results of their vote will determine the nominations for this category. “Everything was displayed and verified, so when the nominations were published, you knew the qualified people really thought about it and spent time with it,” says one veteran.
The current system says, “We had it about 20 years ago. No one knows what to vote for, and more popular shows definitely have an advantage.”