Paul McCartney & Bruce Springsteen battling for ‘Variety Special’ Emmy

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Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen have both been nominated for Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category this year.

The former-Beatle has been tapped for CBS’ Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool, with “The Boss” being singled out for Netflix’s Springsteen On Broadway concert film.

Three of the biggest music stars on the planet, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé, are competing for an Emmy for best variety special, pre-recorded. Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool, Springsteen on Broadway and Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé are among the nominees. All three artists have received multiple Emmy nominations in the past, but none has yet won.

The McCartney/Carpool Karaoke special received three additional nominations for Oustanding Writing for a Variety Special, Oustanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special.

Bruce Springsteen is within reach of EGOT: With his Netflix special Springsteen on Broadway Emmy-nominated for an Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Springsteen could add the TV award to a shelf that already includes an Oscar, a Tony and plenty of Grammys.

Springsteen won an Oscar in 1994 for “Streets of Philadelphia,” the Best Original Song from the Jonathan Demme-directed Philadelphia. He has won 20 Grammy Awards throughout his career.

But his EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), if it comes, might require an asterisk: His 2017-18 blockbuster stage show Springsteen on Broadway won a special, honorary Tony Award – by not providing complimentary tickets to all Tony voters, the production was not eligible in competitive Tony categories.

Springsteen has been revered in the music industry for decades, ever since releasing his debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ” in 1973. Since then he has won 20 Grammys, which ties him with Henry ManciniPat Metheny and Al Schmitt as the 14th most awarded artist in history.will

He has also won an Oscar for the original song “Streets of Philadelphia” from the film “Philadelphia” (1993). He earned another nomination two years later for the title song from “Dead Man Walking” (1995). And he has earned Emmy nominations for his 2001 “Live in New York City” concert special, and his 2009 Super Bowl halftime show.

But while Springsteen is about to add a Tony to his Oscar and Grammys, he won’t be closer to the EGOT grand slam of showbiz awards since honorary Tonys don’t count towards the official tally. Barbra Streisand has won all four awards during her career, but hasn’t technically achieved EGOT status because, like Springsteen, she won a Special Tony Award (Star of the Decade in 1970) and not a competitive prize 

 

 

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