Super Bowl Halftime Show Wins Live Variety Emmy for First Time as Hip-Hop Breaks Through in Category

The Pepsi-sponsored concert, which featured artists including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige, won in a category that has routinely given prizes to

live musical performances and Tony Awards telecasts. Dr. Dre's 2022 Super Bowl halftime concert won the first night of the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday,

making it "Dre Day" once more. The NBC broadcast of the halftime show that aired during the NFL championship game on February 13 won this year's Emmy for best live variety special.

The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent was the official name of the event.

Though past halftime performances have won in other categories for crafts, this is notable as being the first time a Super Bowl halftime show has won in that particular category.

Winners for the program included Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent as well as executive producers Shawn Carter,

Desiree Perez, and Jesse Collins; co-executive producers Dionne Harmon and Dave Meyers; and supervising producer Aaron B. Cooke.

Additionally, this is the first time hip-hop has won in the category; the show's medley featured radio favorites like "Lose Yourself," "California Love,"

"No More Drama," and "Forgot About Dre." Live musical performances, which scored three victories in the 2010s, as well as the Tony Awards show, which won six times

during that decade, dominated the category. Prior to the 2018 presentation, the category's new name was "excellent special class"—

not entirely made-for-television variety, such as music, comedy, and event shows; "No More Drama," and "Forgot About Dre." Live musical performances,

which scored three victories in the 2010s, as well as the Tony Awards show, which won six times during that decade, dominated the category. Prior to the 2018 presentation,

the category's new name, "excellent special class"—not entirely made-for-television variety music, comedy, event shows)—was adopted.

The Facts of Life and one of the Diff'rent Strokes episodes that were performed this year for the Live in Front of a

Studio Audience series on ABC won in 2019 and 2020. Last year’s winner was Stephen Colbert’s 2020 election special.

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