“I always enjoy sharing my end of year music playlist with all of you — and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites.” -@BarackObama
For your GRAMMY® Consideration
Best Traditional R&B Performance
‘ROUND MIDNIGHT by Adam Blackstone Feat. Jazmine Sullivan
“Round Midnight [from Adam Blackstone]…is a buttery update on Thelonious Monk standard, featuring [Jazmine] Sullivan on vocals, along with accompaniment from Questlove and James Poyser.” – OkayPlayer
Adam Blackstone featuring Mary mary, Inayah Lamis, and The BBE Big Band, perform a medley of “Biggest, Greatest Thing” and “Legacy” on the Tonight Show with Jimmy fallon!
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Big winners include Adele: One Night Only, The Beatles: Get Back and the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. RuPaul Charles named outstanding host for a reality or competition series for seventh consecutive year, Queer Eye wins outstanding structured reality program for fifth year in a row, Life Below Zero makes it five in a row for reality cinematography.
Music struck a chord with Emmy voters this year.
That was one big takeaway at the Saturday-night edition of the 74th Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where the two top winners, with five awards each, were CBS’s Adele: One Night Onlyand The Beatles: Get Back, from Disney+.
Adele: One Night Only, a concert performance special in which the superstar vocalist performed her first new material in six years, scored victories for Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special, Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special, Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Special and Directing for a Variety Special.
The Beatles: Get Back, a three-part, seven-plus-hour docuseries assembled by director Peter Jackson and his New Zealand-based production team from archival footage shot for the Fab Four’s 1970 film Let It Be, won for Documentary or Nonfiction Series, Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program (Jackson), Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera), Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) and Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program.
Not far behind these iconic British artists, with three Emmys, was a production powered by a cadre of elite American musical stars: The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. The hip-hop opus won for Music Direction, Production Design for a Variety Special and Variety Special (Live). This was the first time a Super Bowl halftime show had won in the latter category.
Another musical artist with a program that garnered key awards was Lizzo, whose Prime Video series Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won Emmys for Directing for a Reality Program and Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program.
Among other significant victories, RuPaul Charles won for the seventh time in a row as host for a reality or competition series, for RuPaul’s Drag Race. The winning streak resulted in the twelfth Emmy of Charles’s career.
Also keeping winning streaks alive were Netflix’s Queer Eye, which took the award for structured reality program for the fifth year running, and National Geographic’s Life Below Zero, which won its fifth straight Emmy for cinematography for a reality program.
A notable first-ever Emmy went to former President Barack Obama for his narration of Netflix’s Our Great National Parks, and a poignant posthumous Emmys went to Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in 2020. Boseman’s widow, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted his award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for an episode of the Disney+ animated series What If?, in which he played Star Lord T’Challa, the role he originated in the 2018 film Black Panther.
Early in the show, as a presenter, Judd Apatow, an executive producer of HBO’s George Carlin’s American Dream, which won for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, noted with comedic bitterness that he won his first Emmy in 1993, for The Ben Stiller Show— which had been canceled shortly before that year’s Emmys. A similarly bittersweet situation arose at the Saturday-night Creative Arts show when Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: Once Upon a Time in Late Night won the Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series shortly after TBS canceled Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the program of which it was an offshoot.
In addition to Adele: One Night Only, The Beatles: Get Back, the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show and Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrls, other shows with multiple awards included Arcane, the Netflix animated series from videogame producer Riot Games, which took four (including outstanding animated program) and Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum U.S. with three.
Several programs won two Emmys: Netflix’s Love, Death + Robots; HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and We’re Here; Prime Video’s Lucy and Desi; and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The evening’s presenters were: W. Kamau Bell (We Need to Talk About Cosby); Judd Apatow (George Carlin’s American Dream); Mary Fitzgerald, Emma Hernan, Chelsea Lazkani and Chrishell Stause (Selling Sunset); RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Monica Aldama and Morgan Simianer (Cheer); Randy Rainbow (The Randy Rainbow Show); Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance); Nicole Byer (Nailed It!); Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye); Jon Gabrus and Adam Pally (101 Places to Party Before You Die); Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead; @midnight); Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka and Shangela (We’re Here); Bill Nye (The End is Nye); Christine Chiu and Kevin Kreider (Bling Empire); Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin (Sherman’s Showcase; South Side); and Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper: Welcome Home).
The Saturday Creative Arts show focused primarily on reality, unscripted and documentary programming. The Sunday show will bestow awards for scripted programming and includes several performance categories.
Bob Bain is executive producer of the Creative Arts Emmys for the eighth time. The Television Academy’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards Committee is led by chair Rich Carter.
FXX will broadcast edited highlights from the Saturday and Sunday Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 10, at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
The 74th Emmys telecast will air live Monday, September 12, on NBC and Peacock.
A complete list of the Saturday-night winners is available here.
Paul Grein caught up with Music Director, Adam Blackstone and Show Director, Hamish Hamilton, to talk about this year’s Super Bowl. Here’s an excerpt…
Blackstone, 40, is Emmy-nominated for outstanding music direction for his work on the halftime show. It’s his third nod – which means he has been nominated for all three of the shows on which he has served as musical director.
Blackstone thinks this year’s halftime show had both universal and specific appeal. “Our world is going through a lot right now,” he says. “People were excited to see people have fun. People were excited to see people interact with one another. We cannot [overlook] the fact that there was something cool about seeing hometown heroes be in L.A. and get to be celebrated as well.
“I was very excited to be a part of history that many kids, and specifically Black and brown kids, can see the potential of where you can go and where you can be. I don’t think when Dre and Snoop were growing up that they even thought there would be an [opportunity] for them to be on that grand stage. I try to be a part of history to give those dreams and aspirations to young kids, my children included.”
When Blackstone is serving as musical director on a show, he tries to put himself in the audience’s shoes. “I approach my musical direction with what would I want to see at a concert. What song do I want to hear? What catalog is the most powerful in the limited amount of time we are given?”
He enjoys the challenge of Super Bowls. “I look forward to [working with] these incredible artists each time. This one was even more special to me because I grew up listening to this music.” […]
View the Full Article at Billboard.com.
Musical director Adam Blackstone led an historic night of music with featured performances by Sheila E., Travis Barker, Robert Glasper and D-Nice. This year’s show featured an all-star band and orchestra conducted by Derrick Hodge and Dontae Winslow. Check out the touching “In Memoriam” segment which includes performances by Jason White and The Samples.
Facing off with back-to-back pianos, the pair performed some of each other’s biggest hits, with Legend giving his own rendition of “See You Again,” the first song he heard from Puth. The latter returned the favor, doing his own take The Voice coach’s hit “Ordinary People.”
The duo performed a back-and-forth medley of some of their other hits, including Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and “Attention” and Legend’s “Tonight” and “All of Me.” Not only are the two musicians superstars in their own right, but they are also writing partners. They took a break from the duel to debut their news track, “Dope,” before ending with Puth’s latest single “Light Switch.””
Check out the full performance HERE.
“Adam Blackstone joins the Oscars production team as the show’s music director. He has worked on individual performances on previous Oscar telecasts, namely Justin Timberlake’s show-opening performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls five years ago and Keala Settle’s performance of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman four years ago.
Will Packer, producer of the 94th Academy Awards, announced 13 key members of his production team on Wednesday (March 9).”
Check out the full article by Paul Grein HERE.
For another year, MD Adam Blackstone crafted the live sounds of the night along with a live BBE All Star Band! Check out the performances here:
Hip-Hop made its mark on the history of Super Bowl halftime shows. The highly-anticipated performance came to reality on Sunday night (Feb.13) at Inglewood, Calif.’s SoFi Stadium as the L.A. Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals played for the NFL championship title. You can watch the halftime show with Musical Director Adam Blackstone and executive produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, on the NFL’s official YouTube channel.