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Emmy nominations show music programming love, just in case you didn't know

July 14, 2011 |  4:22 pm


Sure, the news of HBO scoring 104 Emmy nods Thursday morning dominated headlines covering the annual awards show. But music-based programming got a dose of love too.

Lady Gaga helped boost HBO’s staggering tally, when her concert special "The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden" snagged five nominations, including variety, music or comedy special, which is up against Bette Midler’s HBO music special.

Justin Timberlake proved that not working on music won’t stop him from getting recognition for it. He landed three nominations for his numerous appearances on “Saturday Night Live’s” always hilarious digital shorts.

The singer-turned-mostly-actor was nominated once for guest actor in a comedy series and twice for original music and lyrics for "Justin Timberlake Monologue" and "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," which featured Andy Samberg and Lady Gaga. Gaga wasn’t nominated for the spot because she didn’t co-write the music or lyrics.

It came as no surprise that ratings juggernauts "Glee" and "American Idol" led the pack of nods when it came to music-based programming.
“Glee,” which continues to be as big a hit on the Billboard charts as it is on television, scored 12 nominations, including comedy series, supporting actor in a comedy series for Chris Colfer and supporting actress in a comedy series for Jane Lynch. And “American Idol” landed 10 nods, including one in the reality -- competition series category.


2011 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees

Photos: Top Emmy nominees

Emmy nominee reactions

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Screenshot from "Saturday Night Live's" season finale, which featured Justin Timberlake, left, Lady Gaga and Andy Samberg in the Lonely Island's "3-Way (The Golden Rule)."

An additional 11 Eleven more came for “Too Big to Fail,” HBO’s dramatization of the 2008 financial meltdown on Wall Street.