Emmy Nominations: CBS' 'Beatles' Special Scores Six Nods

8:49 AM PST 07/10/2014 by Phil Gallo, Billboard
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"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America"

In the composing world, John Lunn will attempt to win his third consecutive honor for "Downton Abbey," and T Bone Burnett will vie for his first Emmy for "True Detective."

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, received six Emmy nominations Thursday morning.

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The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up for outstanding variety special as well as the categories of direction (Gregg Gelfand), music direction (Don Was), writing (Ken Ehrlich, David Wild), lighting design and sound mixing.

In the composing world, John Lunn will attempt to win his third consecutive honor for Downton Abbey, and T Bone Burnett will vie for his first Emmy. Lunn and Burnett, who wrote for HBO's True Detective, are acknowledged in the original dramatic score category for a series, along with Jeff Beal (his second nomination for House of Cards), Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) and first-time nominee Alan Silvestri (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey).

David Arnold and Michael Price, nominated twice before for their work on PBS's Sherlock, are honored again for music composition for a miniseries, movie or special, this year for the show's series-three closer, Sherlock: His Last Vow. Lunn is also nominated here for The White Queen, along with James Levine (American Horror Story: Coven), Ludovic Bource (Clear History), Jeff Russo (Fargo) and Rob Mathes (Herblock: The Black & The White).

In the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category, Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are nominated for this year's Tony Awards opener and will go up against the Saturday Night Live team responsible for "(Do It On My) Twin Bed," Eli Brueggemann, Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnonBob Christanson and Alisa Hauser (A Christmas Carol - The Concert); Joshua Funk and Rebecca Drysdale (Key & Peele); John William Kavanagh and Craig Gerber (Sofia the First: The Floating Palace); and Bob Thiele, Noah Gundersen and Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy).

Besides Was, who is also the president of Blue Note Records, music direction nominees include William Ross, who is up twice, for Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn and the Oscars telecast. Their competition is David Chase (The Sound of Music Live!); Lenny Pickett, Leon Pendarvis and Eli Brueggemann (Saturday Night Live); and Elliot Lawrence and Jamie Lawrence (The 67th Annual Tony Awards).

The Voice was the only music competition to earn nominations, picking up three: best reality competition series, makeup and picture editing.

NBC's The Sound of Music Live! received a nomination in the Special Class Program category; it is the only scripted show among the nominees.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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