HBO's Watchmen topped the nominations list with 26, while Amazon Prime's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was second with 20. In third were Netflix's Ozark and HBO's Succession, which both earned 18.
See what the nominees told Billboard about their 2020 nods, and their Twitter reactions below.
"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," Pharrell Williams, who was nominated for music and lyrics, tells Billboard in a statement. "Thank you to the TV Academy and thank you to the incredible Nicole Avant, Reginald Hudlin and Netflix for sharing the story of The Black Godfather."
"It is an honor to be recognized by the Television Academy for my work on The Mandalorian. Deepest thanks to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, true visionaries who so brilliantly brought the Force to the uncharted territory of this new medium while encapsulating the magic and nostalgia of the original trilogy," Ludwig Göransson, who was nominated for music composition for a series (original dramatic score), tells Billboard. "I would also like to thank the talented Los Angeles recording musicians who brought such heart and soul to our collaboration."
"Living through this time in our history, has made us all awaken to the truth that we — as a humanity — are all the same. The inclusive list of this years Emmy nominees reflects and celebrates our diversity and the commitment we have made for the future," says Rickey Minor, who received two nods in the music direction category. As for his own nominations? "Are you kidding me? Two nominations? YES, YES!"
"Thank goodness for the mute feature on Zoom because we may have blown out some ears cheering for team Maisel this morning," say Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore, who were nominated for music and lyrics. "Writing songs for Maisel and collaborating with the A-Team of craftspeople who make this gorgeous, funny and smart show was already the gift of a lifetime -- so to be recognized by our music peers alongside some of our musical idols is truly overwhelming. ... We are now going to raise a glass together to this crazy year, via Zoom, and try not to spill it on our laptops."
"We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the music of Ozark, and honored to be among such a talented group of composers," say Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, who were nominated for music for a series. "A huge thank you to Jason Bateman for bringing us on board and the whole production crew for making this such an amazing show. We’d like to thank our music team, and specifically our long time collaborator and team leader Chase Deso, who has been an integral part of the Ozark score since day one."
"Of all mornings I slept in today after working late last night and discovered tons of missed calls and text messages. My first thought was that a natural disaster must have happened," jokes Pinar Toprak, who was nominated for music for a documentary series. "What a relief to discover good news for a change! My first Emmy nomination! I’m thankful to James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, the masterminds behind McMillions, HBO and to my amazing team, most of all, Alex Kovacs."
“I am honored to be nominated by the Television Academy alongside such talents. Little Fires Everywhere is a show about mothers and daughters. About being a woman. About letting go and growing. I consider myself lucky to be a part of this incredible piece of art," says Ingrid Michaelson, who was nominated for music and lyrics. "An immense thanks to Liz Tigelaar and the rest of the Little Fires Everywhere family for their support.”
"I’m absolutely floored and honored to be nominated, and so happy to see other women and diverse voices included in all music categories!" says Amanda Jones, who was nominated in the category of music composition for a documentary series or special. "Thank you for seeing us and celebrating our work."
"To be nominated with so many other amazingly talented composers is a huge win in itself," says composer Nathan Barr, who was nominated for composition for a limited series and twice in the original title theme music category. "It’s gratifying to have all those hours and days spent in the studio seen and heard and acknowledged."
"I am thrilled, shocked and elated to have received two Emmy nominations this morning for the music for Why We Hate. I hope that as a result of these nominations, this incredibly prescient series will become even more a part of the public consciousness," says Laura Karpman, who was nominated for music for a documentary series and main title theme music. "We need to root out hatred in this fragile world of ours. Thank you Geeta Gandbhir, Sam Pollard, Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg for this amazing collaboration. And thank you to all of the incredible musicians who lent their voices to the music."
"Delighted to receive a nomination for my dutiful service to The Crown. Carrying on its legacy was a tough ask, but a rewarding one," says Martin Phipps, who was nominated for original music for a series. "Also honored to be included alongside such talent as Britell, Goransson & Labrinth. What an awesome line up this year! Congrats to the other nominees for The Crown including the amazing Peter Morgan."
"I just heard the good news about the Emmy nomination for Better Call Saul music supervision as I am waking up from my return from a two-week COVID-19-dodging RV road trip through national parks and campgrounds in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona," says Thomas Golubic. "What a lovely bit of news to celebrate over my first home-made espresso!"
“Wow! Such fantastic news to be nominated for my work on Season 3 of Stranger Things. My Stranger Things family raises the bar yet AGAIN for the 3rd season!" exclaims Nora Felder to Billboard when she heard about her nod for music supervision. "It’s truly an honor to be a part of the shows main silent characters. The music!"
The ceremony airs Sunday, Sept. 20, on ABC.