From Chance to Snoop to Common, get Emmy love


July 14, 2017
Snoop Dogg
Lady Gaga
Rapper/actor LL Cool J

Hip-hop acts are getting real love from the Television Academy this year: Chance the Rapper, Common, Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J are among the musicians nominated for Emmys.

Chance the Rapper, who won three Grammy Awards this year, is nominated for outstanding original music and lyrics for Last Christmas from Saturday Night Live.

The rap parody about the last Christmas with Barack Obama as US President plays off of Run-DMC's late '80s anthem, Christmas in Hollis.

Common, a Grammy and Oscar winner, is nominated in the same category for Letter to the Free, a song from Ava DuVernay's documentary, 13th.

Snoop Dogg, who has never won a Grammy, shares a nomination with Martha Stewart for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition programme for their VH1 show Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party. LL Cool J earned a nomination for outstanding structured reality programme as a producer of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle.

Rap also has a presence in the outstanding short-form variety series category: Epic Rap Battles of History, which airs on YouTube, is nominated in that category.

Other music-related Emmy nominees include Lady Gaga's half-time show performance at this year's Super Bowl; the 2017 Grammy Awards; The Voice; Tony Bennett's 90th birthday celebration concert; and the documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years.

The nominations were announced yesterday. The Emmys will be presented on September 17 in Los Angeles.