The cast of Glee fared pretty well with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this year, but the musical comedy series surprisingly wasn’t nominated for “Original Music & Lyrics” despite this season’s addition of original tunes. Instead, Saturday Night Live dominated the category with four nominations, leaving room for only Family Guy’s “Christmastime Is Killing Us” and “An American Prayer—Hymn II?” from the HBO comedy special Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced. (Another HBO special that went over well with the Emmys? Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball snagged five nods!) Watch the nominated clips below, then vote for the winner in our poll.
In addition to the nods for her Madison Square Garden show, Mother Monster also stars in the nominated “3 Way (The Golden Rule)” opposite Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, both of whom are enjoying a nice moment in the spotlight. The Lonely Island is behind three of the six recognized songs, while Timberlake sang (and shares a lyrics credit on) the fourth nominated SNL track, “I’m Not Gonna Sing” from his opening monologue. JT also earned kudos for his guest-hosting stint on Saturday Night Live in the Guest Actor, Comedy category, an award he won in 2009 (also for hosting SNL).
View the complete list of Emmy nominees here.
And now, without further ado, the 2011 “Original Music & Lyrics” nominees are:
Family Guy, “Christmastime Is Killing Us”
Saturday Night Live , “I Just Had Sex”
Saturday Night Live, Justin Timberlake Monologue
“Saturday Night Live, “Jack Sparrow”
Saturday Night Live, “3-Way (The Golden Rule)”
Sorry, apparently not everything is on the internet these days. “An American Prayer—Hymn II?” is nowhere to be found on the net as of yet.
Clearly, the Emmys are favoring comedy over more straight-faced fare like the Glee tunes. Will the four SNL tracks cancel each other out and let Family Guy or Robert Klein emerge victorious? We hope not, since in our minds, any of the SNL tunes is a winner. What do you think?