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.
The rockers face stiff competition with Hannah Gadbsy: Nanette; Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé; and Wanda Sykes: Not Normal.
HBO's Leaving Neverland, which features the tale of two men who allege Michael Jackson groomed and molested them over the course of years, has been nominated for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Also snagging a nom in that category is no less a sordid tale, with Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly.
Springsteen On Broadway was peppered with classic stories from Bruce Springsteen's childhood — including the incredible influence Elvis Presley had on his life and work: “I remember really clearly the initial performance, y'know, Elvis (Presley) on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was. . . I was only nine. It must've been very galvanizing 'cause I ran out, we rented a guitar, y'know, you could rent a guitar and I started to take lessons. But the way they taught you in those days, it was so slow and painstaking — and it was not rock n' roll whatsoever. So — and I was little and my hands were little and I was just too young, so I had it for a few months and gave it up and picked it up at 14. But that was the initial jolt of all you knew is you want to do that, y'know? You wanted to (laughs) do it.”
Paul McCartney admitted that the “Fab Four” were too busy working to fully understand their social importance during the 1960's: “Back then, y'know, I don't think it was like, pinch yourself — you're in the Beatles. It was just like, 'We're in the Beatles, we're going here no this afternoon and you've got to go up and play Edinborough or something.' You just did it and you weren't aware of any significance. It was just a band — you were just guys in a band. Now, so much time's gone by and it's kind of in the history books my kids bring home. Now, I have to pinch myself.”
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22nd on Fox.