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Beyoncé and Adele to face off at this year’s Emmys

(Photo: Lemonade/HBO)
(Photo: Lemonade/HBO)

The Variety programming races are some of the most interesting in this year’s Emmys. Why? Pop stars. Specifically, Beyoncé. Beyoncé’s stunning Lemonade film—or visual album, if that’s more to your taste—for HBO netted four Emmy nods: Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming, Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special, and Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special. Beyoncé herself was nominated for the last award, alongside Kahlil Joseph.

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Lemonade’s competition in two of these categories? Adele Live In New York City, The British balladeer’s NBC concert, which was nominated for four awards as well, including Outstanding Variety Special. The other specials up for that award are Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special. Adele’s show is also up for the variety directing prize. However, Adele, unlike Beyoncé, did not helm her own special—30 Rock and Saturday Night Live director Beth McCarthy-Miller did. Point, Beyoncé.

These are not Beyoncé’s first primetime Emmy nominations. She received one in 2013 for her Super Bowl Halftime Show, and another last year for On The Run alongside her husband Jay Z. Adele, meanwhile, scored Daytime Emmy recognition earlier this year for a performance on the Today show, but lost to Rachel Platten.

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