No fewer than 11 artists who have topped the Billboard Hot 100 are nominated for Primetime Emmys this year. The list includes Adele, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), plus one of the executive producers (Jay-Z) and all six stars and of the groundbreaking The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.
Jay and all those hip-hop heavyweights are vying for outstanding variety special (live). Adele and Gaga are both nominated for outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) – Adele for Adele: One Night Only; Gaga for One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. Gomez is nominated for outstanding comedy series as a producer of Only Murders in the Building; Lizzo for outstanding competition program as executive producer of Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls; and Glover for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for Atlanta.
Glover won in that same category five years ago. Should any of these other 10 performers win when the Emmys are presented next month, they’ll join an impressive list of performers to achieve both of these momentous career milestones. The Emmy has been the most prestigious award in television since it was first presented in January 1949; the Hot 100 has been the definitive song chart since it was introduced in August 1958.
Here are 25 artists who have achieved both of these feats over the course of their careers. This list doesn’t purport to be definitive, but it’s a healthy head start.
Note 1: We’re talking here about Primetime Emmys, not Daytime Emmys (Kelly Clarkson has won five of those), News & Documentary Emmys, or any of the many other Emmy spin-off shows.
Note 2: The Monkees won the 1967 award for outstanding comedy series, but the award went to the producers, not the Hot 100-topping group. Likewise, Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music (1966) and Sammy Davis, Jr.’s 60th Anniversary Celebration(1990) both won key Emmys, but the legendary stars of the programs (Hot 100 toppers both) didn’t personally receive Emmys.