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Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA score Emmy nods

Grammy-winners including Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor have a chance of winning their first-ever honors at the Emmy Awards

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NEW YORK — Grammy-winners including Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor have a chance of winning their first-ever honors at the Emmy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping halftime show performance also earned multiple nominations.

“Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira” picked up four nominations, including outstanding variety special (live). It was not clear if Lopez and Shakira were specifically nominated, though Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars have earned Emmy nominations as halftime show performers in the past.

A Television Academy spokesperson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that “the final list of eligible entrants on the program ballots won’t be determined for a few weeks. Until that time, we cannot confirm their inclusion in the nomination.”

It was also unclear if Jay-Z would earn a nomination as a producer since his Roc Nation entertainment company came onboard to produce this year’s halftime show, which also picked up nods for its direction, lighting design and musical direction.

Williams, who has 13 Grammys, is a two-time Oscar nominee and has also competed for a Golden Globe and Daytime Emmy, is nominated for outstanding original music and lyrics for “Letter to My Godfather” from “The Black Godfather,” the Netflix documentary about music executive Clarence Avant. Williams shares the nomination with his longtime Neptunes producing partner Chad Hugo.

“It’s an honor to share the legend of Clarence Avant, a man who has never stopped fighting for social justice in entertainment, athletics and politics. His impact on culture connects us all,” Williams said in a statement.

Others battling Williams and Hugo for the Emmy include Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails (“Watchmen”), producer-singer Labrinth (“Euphoria”) and singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson (“Little Fires Everywhere”).

Reznor and Ross have both won the Oscar and Grammy. For their work on “Watchmen,” they scored a second Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition for a limited series, movie or special. In a statement, the duo thanked the Television Academy.

Grammy-nominated Labrinth, who has produced for Beyonce, the Weeknd and Ed Sheeran and collaborated with Sia and Diplo in the supergroup LSD, earned a second nod for outstanding music composition for a series for “Euphoria.” Actress-singer Zendaya earned a lead drama actress nod for the hit HBO series.

The Apple TV+ documentary “Beastie Boys Story” picked up five nominations, including two specific bids for band members Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz. They earned nominations as producers for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special and as writers for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program.

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