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Dolly Parton, Robert Lopez & More Music Makers Win 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton won her first Emmy on Sunday (Sept. 12) at the third and final installment of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

The country legend won as an executive producer of Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, which was voted outstanding television movie.

Parton has won 10 Grammys and has received two Oscar nominations for best original song. She received her first Emmy nod back in 1978 for her supporting role on a 1978 Cher special, Cher…Special.

The Creative Arts Emmys are the lead-up to the 73rd annual Emmy Awards, which will be presented on Sept. 19.  Several other notable music names or programs also won Creative Arts Emmys this year. Take a look:

Choreographer Debbie Allen won two Emmys for her work on the Parton project – one as an executive producer and the other for outstanding choreography for scripted programming. Allen is also set to receive the governor’s award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Sept. 19.

These three Emmys in one year equal the number of Emmys Allen had received in her entire career prior to this year. She won two Emmys for her work on the series Fame in 1982-83 and one on the 1991 special, Motown 30: What’s Going On! 

Composer Steven Price won his first Emmy for outstanding music composition for a documentary series or special (original dramatic score) for Netflix’s David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. Price won an Oscar seven years ago for scoring Gravity.

Composer Ludwig Göransson won his second Emmy for his work on Disney+’s The Mandalorian, which was voted outstanding music composition for a series (original dramatic score). He won in the same category last year for his work on the same show. The composer and producer has also won three Grammys and an Oscar.

Robert Lopez, who is already an EGOT twice over, received his first Primetime Emmy. His two previous Emmys were for work on the daytime series Wonder Pets! Lopez and his wife and creative partner Kristen Anderson-Lopez won outstanding original music and lyrics for writing the song “Agatha All Along” for an episode of WandaVision on Disney +.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez just needs a Tony to become an EGOT in her own right.

Bo Burnham won three Emmys for his work on his Netflix special Bo Burnham: Inside. He won outstanding music direction and outstanding directing and writing for a variety special.

Burnham is nominated for one more award for the special next week – outstanding variety special (pre-recorded). If it wins, Burham will become just the fourth individual to win four Emmys in one year. The first three were Moira Demos (Making a Murderer, 2016), Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, 2018) and Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek, 2020). Burnham’s album, Inside: The Songs, reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

Keke Palmer, who hosted the 2020 VMAs, won her first Emmy for outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series for her work in Keke Palmer’s Turt Up With the Taylors (Facebook Watch).

HBO’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart won for outstanding sound editing for a nonfiction or reality program (single or multi-camera). The award went to sound supervisor Jonathan Greber and sound effects editor Pascal Garneau. The Bee Gees’ 1971 ballad which provided the title of this doc topped the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy nod.

HBO’s David Byrne's American Utopia won two Emmys -- outstanding sound mixing for a variety series or special and outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety special. The show is up for two major awards on Sept. 20 -- outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) and outstanding direction for a variety special for director Spike Lee.

The Broadway show David Byrne's American Utopia was voted a special Tony. The cast album from that show was nominated for a Grammy. The original album on which the show was based was also nominated for a Grammy. This is what you call an awards magnet.

Ben Winston, the new executive producer of the Grammy telecast, won his 10th Emmy (in just six years) as an executive producer of Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple TV), which won outstanding short form comedy, drama or variety series.

Winston is nominated for three more Emmys on Sept. 20 – two for his work on Friends: The Reunion and one for his work on the Grammys, which is up for outstanding variety special (live).

Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera won outstanding music composition for a limited or anthology series, movie or special (original dramatic score) for his work on Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit. It’s his second Emmy.

Music supervisors Ciara Elwis and Matt Biffa won for outstanding music supervision for their work on HBO’s I May Destroy You.

Composer Blake Neely won his first Emmy for outstanding original main title theme music for his work on HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant. He was previously nominated for Pan AmThe Pacific and Everwood.