'Glee,' 'American Idol,' Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake Score Big Emmy Nominations
'Glee,' 'American Idol,' Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake Score Big Emmy Nominations

"Glee" and "American Idol" led the Emmy nods for music-based programming when the nominations for the television awards were announced Thursday morning (July 14) in North Hollywood. Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake turned in an impressive number of nods as well.

"Glee's" second season was honored with 12 nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Chris Colfer, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Jane Lynch, who will host the live ceremony on Sept. 18. Last year, "Glee" earned 19 Emmy nominations.

Meanwhile, "American Idol's" season 10 shakeup was deemed an Emmy success, as the show's 10 nominations led the pack for reality shows. The show will compete in the Outstanding Reality - Competition Series category, and host Ryan Seacrest is in the running for Outstanding Host in the reality genre.

Gaga scored five nods for her "Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden" HBO special, which was nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, along with several technical noms.

Timberlake scored three nods for his stellar appearance on the "Saturday Night Live" season finale in May: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting, and twice for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Not Gonna Sing Tonight" monologue, and for "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," which featured Andy Samberg and Lady Gaga. (Gaga did not get a nod for that performance because she didn't contribute to the music or lyrics.)

Other musical TV shows honored with Emmy nods included "Saturday Night Live," with 16 nominations (including Timberlake's); "So You Think You Can Dance," with eight nominations; and "The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards," with five nominations.