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Sting & 9/11 Music Specials Score Emmy Noms

The post-September 11 music programs, America: A Tribute To Heroes, A&E In Concert: Sting In Tuscany…All This Time, and The Concert For New York City are among this year’s Emmy nominees, which were announced Thursday (July 18).

Sting’s special picked up seven nominations, including individual performance, and six in technical categories. America: A Tribute To Heroes, which featured Sting, and Bruce Springsteen, U2, Billy Joel, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Celine Dion, and others, earned six noms, including best program, directing, and writing in the variety, music or comedy special categories.

Another post-September 11 tribute, The Concert For New York City, which featured Paul McCartney, the Who, Mick Jagger, and others, will face off against Tribute for best special.

Bon Jovi appeared on both the Tribute and the Concert For New York City. Guitarist Richie Sambora said that the Tribute in particular prompted a wide range of emotions for him. “It was like a double-edged sword, really. You don’t get all those artists of that caliber in one room, ever. It’s a shame that it had to be a catastrophe to do it and that kind of circumstance to obviously do that. But it was a thrill to be there in one respect and then it was extremely sad on the othe,.” he says.

Other music-related Emmy noms include MTV’s The Osbournes, which received a nod for reality program, while Madonna ( news – web sites)’s Live: The Drowned World Tour, for HBO, earned a nomination for costumes. Billy Joel is also up for individual performance for Billy Joel: In His Own Words.

Other music nominees in various technical categories included TNT’s Come Together: A Night For John Lennon’s Words And Music; Britney Spears’s appearance on an episode of Saturday Night Live ( news – Y! TV); her HBO special, Britney Spears Live From Las Vegas; Janet Jackson: In Concert From Hawaii; U2 Elevation 2001: Live From Boston; and Barry Manilow’s Ultimate Manilow! for CBS.

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