Stop The Presses!

Gaga’s Date With Emmy

Stop The Presses!

Who knew there were so many "little monsters" in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences? Lady Gaga's HBO special Lady Gaga Presents The Monsters Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden is vying for an Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. If Gaga wins, she'll join an impressive list of music stars who have won in this category. Others include Fred Astaire, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, John Denver, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Cher and Tony Bennett.

Several of these artists were, like Gaga, relatively new to stardom when they won their Emmys. Streisand won in 1965 for her landmark TV special My Name Is Barbra; Minnelli in 1973 for Singer Presents Liza With A 'Z'; Denver in 1975 for An Evening With John Denver; Manilow in 1977 for The Barry Manilow Special. In all four of these cases, the victory seemed to represent the artist's embrace by the show-business establishment.

Streisand won three and a half years before she took the Oscar for Funny Girl. Minnelli won in the same year she claimed the Oscar for Cabaret. Denver won in the same year he topped the Hot 100 with "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry." Manilow won in the same year he reached #1 with "Looks Like We Made It" and his album Barry Manilow/Live.

Gaga's special, which first aired on May 7, is competing with CBS' The Kennedy Center Honors and three other HBO specials: Carrie Fisher In Wishful Drinking; Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On; and The Pee Wee Herman Show On Broadway. Gaga's special is nominated for a total of five awards, which is more than any of its rivals.

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The Kennedy Center Honors is perennially a strong contender. It has won six times in this category, including the last two years in a row. Midler won in this category in 1978 for Bette Midler--Ol' Red Hair Is Back.

Gaga has already been embraced by the Recording Academy. The Fame and The Fame Monster were both nominated for Album of the Year. "Poker Face" was nominated for Record and Song of the Year.

Justin Timberlake also did well in the Emmy nominations. The versatile star is vying for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his hosting stint on Saturday Night Live. (He won in that category two years ago.) Timberlake is also vying for Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics for co-writing "Justin Timberlake Monologue" and "3-Way (The Golden Rule)." (He won in that category four years ago for co-writing the viral smash "Dick In A Box").

The Lonely Island dominates the Original Music & Lyrics category, with three nominations. The three members (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) are nominated (along with co-writers) for "I Just Had Sex," "Jack Sparrow" and "3-Way (The Golden Rule)." All three songs appear on the trio's Turtleneck & Chain, which is the best-selling comedy album so far this year.

Glee is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for the second year in a row. It faces Modern Family, which won last year; 30 Rock, which has won three times in the category; The Office, which has won once; The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation.

Jane Lynch, who has been tapped to host this year's Emmys, is nominated again for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee. She won the award last year.

Glee received a total of 12 nominations this year, including Chris Colfer for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow and Dot-Marie Jones for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

American Idol is nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for the ninth straight year. (It has yet to win in the category.) It faces Top Chef, which won last year; The Amazing Race, which has won seven times in the category; Dancing With The Stars; So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway.

Ryan Seacrest is nominated for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. This is the ninth straight year that he has been nominated for his work on American Idol. He has yet to win for Idol, though he won last year as an executive producer of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which was voted Outstanding Reality Program.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is vying for its ninth consecutive award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. It faces Saturday Night Live, which has won twice in the category, as well as The Colbert Report, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Real Time With Bill Maher.

Several big names are vying for Outstanding Music Direction. The nominees are David Foster for Hitman Returns: David Foster And Friends; Paul Shaffer for 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; Harry Connick Jr. for Harry Connick Jr. In Concert On Broadway; Rickey Minor for An Evening Of Stars: Tribute To Chaka Khan; Rob Berman for The Kennedy Center Honors and William Ross for the Academy Awards.

Walter Murphy, who topped the Hot 100 in 1976 (along with his Big Apple Band) with the pop-disco hit "A Fifth Of Beethoven," is nominated for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for his work on Family Guy. He won for his work on the show in 2002.

Award shows, which used to dominate the Music/Variety Special category, have been moved to a category of their own. The nominees for Outstanding Special Class Program are the 83rd annual Academy Awards, the 68th annual Golden Globes, the 64th annual Tony Awards and the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

The 63rd annual Prime Time Emmy Awards will be presented on Sept. 18.

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