You know what would be music to “Saturday Night Live’s” ears? If it wins Best Music and Lyrics for “Come Back, Barack” at the Emmys, which would give the show a record three wins in the category.
“SNL” is tied at two with “The Carol Burnett Show” and “The Simpsons.” “The Carol Burnett Show” won for “Cinderella Gets It On” in 1976 and “Hi-Hat” in 1978; the latter was a tie with “See You Tomorrow in Class” from “The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots.” “The Simpsons” grabbed back-to-back trophies in 1997 and ’98 for “We Put the Spring in Springfield” and “You’re Checkin’ In (A Musical Tribute to the Betty Ford Center),” respectively. “SNL” has Justin Timberlake to thank for its two wins; the first was for “Dick in a Box” in 2007 and the second came in 2011 for the singer’s monologue.
If “SNL” wins in September, this would be its first non-Timberlake victory. “Come Back, Barack,” a Boyz II Men-esque ‘90s ballad performed by De-Von-Tré (Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd), was written by Thompson, Redd and Will Stephen, with music by Eli Brueggemann. Thompson, who earned his first acting nomination in supporting this year, Stephen and Brueggemann were nominated last year for penning “Last Christmas” with Chance the Rapper; they lost to “Letter to the Free” from “13th.” Thompson is in seventh place in our Best Comedy Supporting Actor predictions, so a songwriting victory would be a nice little consolation prize.
“Come Back, Barack” is the early favorite to win, per our odds. On its heels is “In the Market for a Miracle” from “A Christmas Story Live!” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are seeking to complete their EGOT. “Just Getting Started” from “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” is in third, followed by “Am I Gay?” (“Big Mouth”), “The Buddy Song” (“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life”) and “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” (“The Good Fight”).
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