Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, which won a Grammy in March for best music film, was nominated for an Emmy on Tuesday (July 27) for outstanding arts and culture documentary.
The CNN film, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, looks at Linda Ronstadt’s career peaks in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the grace that she has shown in dealing with the degenerative condition (progressive supranuclear palsy) that has stilled her remarkable singing voice.
The other nominees in the category are Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (PBS), the life story of jazz legend Miles Davis; Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Netflix), a look at the gender-non-conforming astrologer who is beloved by Latin audiences; Our Time Machine (POV, PBS); and The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show (Peacock), a look at a week in February 1968 in which Harry Belafonte sat in for Johnny Carson as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. During that week, Belafonte invited such notable guests as Dr. Martin Luther King and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (both of whom would be assassinated that spring) as well as such stars as Bill Cosby, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, The Smothers Brothers and Paul Newman.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice brought Ronstadt her 11th competitive Grammy (she also received a lifetime achievement award in 2016). It marked the first Grammy for directors Epstein and Friedman and producers James Keach and Michele Farinola.
The nominations for the 42nd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The nominations honor programming content that premiered in calendar-year 2020. The entries were judged by more than 800 peer professionals.
The awards will be presented in two ceremonies in late September. Awards in news categories will be presented on Monday, Sept. 28. Awards in documentary categories will be presented the following night. Both ceremonies will begin at 8 p.m. ET; both will be streamed live on the Academy’s dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV.
The complete list of nominees is available on the Academy’s website.