Daytime Emmy Awards pre-nominations: ‘The Young and the Restless’ leads with 23, ‘Days of Our Lives’ at 20

The pre-nominations are out for the Daytime Emmy Awards and CBS's top-rated soap "The Young and the Restless" leads with 23 citations in the six acting races, up from 22 last year when it was also the most pre-nominated series.

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But while NBC's "Days of Our Lives" trailed last year with just 13 pre-nominations, it has 20 this time around including a whopping 10 in the younger-acting categories along. ABC's "General Hospital" is at 13, down from 14 last year. And CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful" is also down by one to nine. 

In addition to leading this year's pre-nominations, "Y&R" and "Days" are the co-defending champions for Best Drama Series, winning last year in a rare tie. "GH" still holds the record with 11 Drama Series titles, but "Y&R" is closing in with nine victories. "B&B" and "Days" both have won three overall.

At last year's Daytime Emmys, "General Hospital" won three of the six performance prizes: Actor (Anthony Geary), Actress (Maura West) and Supporting Actor (Chad Duell). "Y&R" took two — Supporting Actress (Amelia Heinle) and Younger Actress (Hunter King) — while "Days" claimed Younger Actor (Freddie Smith). 

These pre-nominations were determined by eligible peer judges who were sent an online ballot containing all entrants in the lead and supporting performer categories. Those judges were required to view and evaluate clips containing each performer's work before selecting their top 10 performer choices.

Those that made the cut now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, beginning February 22. That round of voting will determine the final nominees in each category, and also the winners. All nominations will be announced on Thursday, March 24 with the winners unveiled on Sunday, May 1. 

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BEST ACTRESS
Tracey E. Bregman, "The Young and the Restless"
Eileen Davidson, "The Young and the Restless"
Kassie DePaiva, "Days of Our Lives"
Melissa Claire Egan, "The Young and the Restless"
Mary Beth Evans, "Days of Our Lives"
Finola Hughes, "General Hospital"
Kate Mansi, "Days of Our Lives"
Gina Tognoni, "The Young and the Restless"
Maura West, "General Hospital"
Laura Wright, "General Hospital"

BEST ACTOR
Maurice Benard, "General Hospital"
Eric Braeden, "The Young and the Restless"
Tyler Christopher, "General Hospital"
Doug Davidson, "The Young and the Restless"
Billy Flynn, "Days of Our Lives"
Anthony Geary, "General Hospital"
Justin Hartley, "The Young and the Restless"
Thorsten Kaye, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Christian LeBlanc, "The Young and the Restless"
Kristoff St. John, "The Young and the Restless"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lauralee Bell, "The Young and the Restless"
Molly Burnett, "Days of Our Lives"
Jessica Collins, "The Young and the Restless"
Judi Evans, "Days of Our Lives"
Linsey Godfrey, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Christel Khalil, "The Young and the Restless"
Peggy McCay, "Days of Our Lives"
Sofia Pernas, "The Young and the Restless"
Melissa Reeves, "Days of Our Lives"
Kelly Sullivan, "The Young and the Restless"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sean Blakemore, "General Hospital"
Darin Brooks, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Steve Burton, "The Young and the Restless"
Sean Carrigan, "The Young and the Restless"
Bryton James, "The Young and the Restless"
Wally Kurth, "Days of Our Lives"
Greg Rikaart, "The Young and the Restless"
Christopher Sean, "Days of Our Lives"
Jacob Young, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Dominic Zamprogna, "General Hospital"

BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS
Camila Banus, "Days of Our Lives"
Lauren Boles, "Days of Our Lives"
Ashleigh Brewer, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Reign Edwards, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Hayley Erin, "General Hospital"
Kelli Goss, "The Young and the Restless"
Camryn Grimes, "The Young and the Restless"
Vivian Jovanni, "Days of Our Lives"
Olivia Keegan, "Days of Our Lives"
Hunter King, "The Young and the Restless"
Alyvia Alyn Lind, "The Young and the Restless"
True O'Brien, "Days of Our Lives"
Ashlyn Pearce, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Brooklyn Rae Silzer, "General Hospital"

BEST YOUNGER ACTOR
Nicolas Bechtel, "General Hospital"
Bryan Craig, "General Hospital"
Max Ehrich, "The Young and the Restless"
Rome Flynn, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Pierson Fode, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Connor Kalopsis, "Days of Our Lives"
James Lastovic, "Days of Our Lives"
Jonathan McClendon, "Days of Our Lives"
Casey Moss, "Days of Our Lives"
Terrell Ransom Jr., "Days of Our Lives"
Tequan Richmond, "General Hospital"

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