“The Late Late Show with James Corden” stunned most Emmy pundits by winning Best Variety Special for its “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys held on Sunday, September 11. Kudos to our two Expert predictors who saw that coming: Eric Deggans (NPR) and Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood). Click here for the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners.
Most of the expert TV journalists we polled were predicting two of the other nominees. Ten were anticipating a victory for Adele‘s concert special, “Live in New York City,” but just like at the Daytime Emmys earlier this year, where she was nominated for Best Musical Performance for “The Today Show,” she went away empty-handed and will have to wait at least a little while longer to check off the Emmy in her EGOT.
Another five experts had forecast “Lemonade,” the Beyonce visual album that received acclaim when it aired on HBO this past spring. Queen Bey has one more chance to win at the main telecast on September 18: she’s up for Best Variety Special Directing for “Lemonade.”
None of our experts were predicting “Kennedy Center Honors” even though that prestigious annual event has won the award seven times, including five in a row from 2009 to 2013.
Rounding out the nominees was Amy Schumer‘s HBO stand-up special “Live at the Apollo.” But like Beyonce, Schumer also has another chance to win for that program: she’s up for Best Variety Special Writing, in addition to her bids for Best Comedy Actress and Best Variety Sketch Series for her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer.”
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