The Emmy Awards honor every type of television programming. While there are a slew of genre awards, there is also one catch-all category — the special class program — that includes awards programs (not honors), variety event programs that are not exclusively made for television, and classical music/dance programs. The one exception is the Emmy Awards, which is not eligible.
The number of such shows entered for Emmy consideration has been fairly static as of late. In 2015 and last year, there were 32 entries; this year that number has increased by one. These 33 special class programs are competing for five slots when nominations are announced on July 13.
All 21,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 26 to cast their ballots for their favorite special class programs. In the past, voters were limited in the number of such shows that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted. Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.
As with variety specials, each special class program listed on the ballot has an air date and description.
52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards
April 2, 2017
The 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS was a three hour event hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. The show’s performances included Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Lincoln Center At The Movies)
November 4, 2016
The legendary dance company returns to television with four works reflecting its spectacular range, diversity and artistry, culminating in a performance of “Revelations,” the dance masterpiece created by company founder Alvin Ailey.
American Music Awards 2016
November 20, 2016
The 2016 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS honored and showcased the year’s biggest names in music. Performances included Justin Bieber, Green Day, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, The Weekend and Sting. The 2016 AMAs were hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah.
Bel Canto The Opera From Lyric Opera Of Chicago (Great Performances)
January 13, 2017
Based on Ann Patchett ‘s bestselling novel inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996-97, this opera adaptation was composed by Jimmy López, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, curated by Renée Fleming as creative consultant. Internationally acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese stars as Roxane Coss.
2017 Billboard Music Awards
May 21, 2017
The BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars. Finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions.
BroadwayHD Presents: Holiday Inn
January 14, 2017
Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves show business to settle down on a farmhouse, but soon decides to bring Broadway to the country. Starring Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Megan Lawrence, Megan Sikora. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge.
BroadwayHD Presents: She Loves Me
June 30, 2016
Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi star as feuding clerks who unwittingly become romantic pen pals in this Broadway classic with music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and book by Joe Masteroff. The first live stream of a Broadway musical, also starring are Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel.
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
May 6, 2017
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide is a unique comedy about depression, alcoholism, suicide, and the other funniest parts of life. Chris holds nothing back as he dives into his experiences with mental illness, psychiatry, and finding hope in weird places… even northern New Jersey.
CinéFashion Film Awards 2016
February 19, 2017
Hosted by Orny Adams (Teen Wolf) and Ali Landry (Hollywood Today Live), Cinémoi’s 3rd Annual CinéFashion Film Awards honored fashion films from across the globe, groundbreaking designers and iconic talent. Among many others, Sidney Poitier was awarded the “Timeless Icon Award” (accepted by Samuel Jackson).
The 50th Annual CMA Awards
November 2, 2016
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host Country Music’s Biggest Night – ever! Fifty artists celebrate the golden anniversary of the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. Featured performances include Beyonce with the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Chris Stapleton with Dwight Yoakam, and many more!
Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under The Stars (Great Performances)
March 31, 2017
With guitarist Angel Romero, bandoneon player Seth Asarnow, and dancers from Tango Buenos Aires, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in works by Astor Piazzolla, symphonic composer Alberto Ginastera, and film score composer Lalo Schifrin in this invigorating evening under the stars, recorded at the Hollywood Bowl.
2016 ESPY Awards
July 13, 2016
The 2016 ESPY AWARDS recognized both sport-specific achievements and best-in-sport winners that pit nominees from different sports against each other. Inspiring human stories are showcased through three pillar awards – the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service.
74th Annual Golden Globes
January 8, 2017
The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, held live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was hosted by Jimmy Fallon and honored the year’s best in television and motion pictures.
59th Grammy Awards
February 12, 2017
Demonstrating the power of great music, with its lineup of amazing performances, this GRAMMY show also featured tributes to recently deceased giants Prince (Bruno Mars, The Time) and George Michael (Adele).
Gypsy (Great Performances)
November 11, 2016
Starring as Momma Rose in London’s recent revival of Broadway musical Gypsy, Imelda Staunton triumphs as the ultimate stage mother, stopping at nothing to ensure her daughter becomes a star. With songs by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, Staunton co-stars with Peter Davison and Lara Pulver in Arthur Laurents’ adaptation.
December 7, 2016
Hairspray Live! brings back the Sixties in a colorful live production based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, where plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad brings love and acceptance to a divided Baltimore. Featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and newcomer Maddie Baillio.
Kids’ Choice Awards (2016)
March 12, 2017
The KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS is the awards show that honors kids’ favorites in TV, music, movies and more plus features sneak peeks from the hottest upcoming movies. Hosted by John Cena, this 90-minute live show was the ultimate celebration of stars and slime.
Kids’ Choice Sports
July 14, 2016
KIDS’ CHOICE SPORTS is a 90-minute awards show hosted by Russell Wilson that celebrates the best in sports in a unique format that puts star athletes and celebrities in head to head extreme sports challenges. It’s sports according to the most rabid and loyal fans ever: kids!
Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody (Live From Lincoln Center)
November 25, 2016
Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang delivers a personal love letter to New York, the city he considers his adoptive home, set to the music that helped make this city so famous. Joining him are Andra Day, Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Suzanne Vega, genre-bending violinist Lindsey Stirling and trumpeter Sean Jones.
Madama Butterfly (Great Performances at the Met)
August 19, 2016
Soprano Kristine Opolais stars as Cio-Cio-San, the title geisha in one of Puccini’s most heartrending operas, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her unfaithful American lover. Taking inspiration from traditional Japanese theatre, Anthony Minghella’s staging explodes with vivid color and overwhelming emotion. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour
December 9, 2016
MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR was shot around the world in packed arenas. Featuring new hits and beloved classics that showcase Madonna’s signature theatrics, exquisite costumes and awe-inspiring choreography, this exclusive look reveals the pop icon and her dancers as they pour blood, sweat and tears into creating an astonishing show.
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
May 7, 2017
The 2017 MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS serve as a celebration of the best stories, actors and characters for the audience. MTV this year broke the divide between film, television and streaming series, instead nominating the best performances no matter the screen.
2016 MTV Video Music Awards
August 28, 2016
The 2016 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS annually delivers the definitive celebration of the year’s best music videos. With unparalleled performances and watershed moments, the telecast provides an open forum for artistry and expression that leaves an indelible mark on culture.
NBC Presents The XXXI Olympiad Opening Ceremony
August 5, 2016
NBC captured the vibrant colors, propulsive rhythms and global unity of the Opening Ceremony as the world’s athletes gathered at Rio’s Maracanã Stadium for the first Olympics in South America.
New York City Ballet Symphony in C (Great Performances)
February 24, 2017
New York City Ballet returns to Paris to perform two ballets by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine, the pas de deux “Sonatine” set to the music of Maurice Ravel, and also “Symphony in C,” an NYCB signature work set to the music Georges Bizet.
Not Reality TV
July 27, 2016
NOT REALITY TV is a short documentary film that sounds the alarm for the emerging global crisis caused by climate change.
February 26, 2017
A three-and-a-half hour global broadcast, honoring actors and filmmakers, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, televised in the U.S. and more than 100 countries from Austria to Uruguay, featuring 24 awards from sound editing to best picture.
75th Anniversary Peabody Awards
June 6, 2016
Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, the 75TH ANNIVERSARY PEABODY AWARDS is a special TV event celebrating excellence in media and stories that matter. This year will also feature special honors for David Letterman, documentarian Stanley Nelson and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Roméo et Juliette (Great Performances at the Met)
April 14, 2017
A pair of exuberant young artists, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Diana Damrau, portray Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in this lush operatic adaptation of the classic tale. Gianandrea Noseda conducts an enthralling new production by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, set in 18th-century Verona.
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
January 29, 2017
One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous year. It was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles.
Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga
February 5, 2017
The SUPER BOWL LI HALFTIME SHOW STARRING LADY GAGA flying into the Stadium backed by 300 Drones. She then performed some of her greatest hits such as “Born This Way,” “Bad Romance” and “Let’s Dance” with 40 Dancers, as the audience on the field lit up in Choreographed Waves.
70th Annual Tony Awards
June 12, 2016
James Corden Hosted the 70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, which featured 3 hours of the best that Broadway has to offer. 24 Musical Performances featuring a cast of hundreds, plus 14 On Air Awards, as Hamilton won for Best Musical (and many others).
April 2, 2017
Brace yourself for the ultimate thrill ride, as the Superstars of RAW and SmackDown LIVE, compete on The Grandest Stage Of Them All…WRESTLEMANIA! Brock Lesnar looks to finally lay his biggest challenge to rest when The Beast challenges Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championsh
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