Super Bowl halftime show wins first-ever Emmy for first-ever rap show

By Brent Furdyk.

While the preliminary Emmy Awards are handed out ahead of this year’s ceremony on September 12, this year’s Super Bowl halftime show won this year’s award for Outstanding Variety Special.

This year’s halftime show, produced by Jay-Z’s Jesse Collins and Roc Nation, and marked the first time the Super Bowl featured hip-hop artists, with a 17-minute performance featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar.

As Variety points out, this also marks the first time the Super Bowl halftime show has won and Emmy in this category.

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“I’m nervous, man. Jay is watching,” Jay-Z executive producer Jesse Collins said as he accepted the award.

“First of all, on behalf of the other executive producers and our performers, we would like to thank the television academy for this incredible honor,” he continued. “It’s amazing. This is the first time this show has won this award and it’s so amazing to be a part of this moment. It took an amazing team to pull this all together and thank you all.

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The halftime show – which was officially titled “The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent” – also brings Eminem one step closer to joining the EGOT club.

With 15 Grammys and an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003 (for “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile”), Eminem’s Emmy win now puts him one Tony Award away from an EGOT.

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