Emmy Noms With Nashville Ties

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• July 22, 2012

Tim McGraw and Lionel Richie at ACM Presents: Lionel Richie And Friends–In Concert

[UPDATED 7/23] It turns out that many of the same Nashvillians worked on two nominated shows listed below: ACM Presents: Lionel Richie And Friends and Country Music (In Performance At The White House). John Jarvis, Stuart Duncan, Paul Leim, David Hungate, Kerry MarxPaul Franklin, Andrea Zonn and Arnold McCuller participated in the Washington show. Emmy nominated Music Director Steve Gibson tells MusicRow, “I share this nomination with them.” With the exception of Hungate, Leim and Franklin, this is the same group of players that worked on the Lionel Richie program. The other Nashville musicians on the Lionel Richie special were Larry Paxton, Eddie Bayers, and Tommy White, with former Nashvillian Edgar Struble as MD.

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A few folks with Nashville ties scored Primetime Emmy Nominations, revealed this morning (7/19) in Los Angeles by Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington of the ABC drama Scandal. Honors will be presented in two ceremonies: Sept. 15 at the Creative Arts Awards and Ball, and Sept. 23 live on ABC-TV.

• ACM Presents: Lionel Richie And Friends – In Concert is nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series or Special. Details: CBS, Dick Clark Productions, Inc. in association with the Academy of Country Music, Paul Sandweiss (Post Production Mixer), Biff Dawes (Music Mixer), J. Mark King (Production Mixer)

• Tony Bennett: Duets II is nominated for Outstanding Variety Special. The album and related PBS television special included duets with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Lady Gaga, k.d. lang, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Amy Winehouse. The Nashville sessions were recorded at Ben’s Studio on Music Row. Details: a presentation of THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, RPM TV Productions, with Exec. Producer Danny Bennett and Producer Jennifer LeBeau. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer. The sessions were filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe.

• Matthew West is nominated for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for “The Heart Of Christmas,” which was used in a film by the same name. Details: My Three Sons Films, God & Country Entertainment in association with GMC.

 Country Music (In Performance At The White House) earned a nomination for Outstanding Musical Direction for Steven A. Gibson, Music Director. The show featured performances by Darius Rucker, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristoffersen, Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss and James Taylor. Details: PBS • WETA Washington, DC and Bounce, an AEG Company. 

Among the leading nominees is AMC’s Mad Men with 17 nods, FX’s American Horror Story with 17, the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys with 16, ABC’s Modern Family with 14 and Showtime series Homeland with nine. Today’s nominations reiterate the growing trend of top writers, producers and actors leaving the major broadcast networks for cable. Complete list here.

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