Lady Gaga & Adele Are Closer To The EGOT With New Emmy Nominations

The superstars will face off against each other in the Outstanding Variety Special category.

Emmys 2022: Lady Gaga & Adele Are Closer To The EGOT With New Nominations
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The Emmy Awards aren’t only for TV stars. As confirmed on Aug. 3, Lady Gaga and Adele are both nominated at the 2022 Emmy Awards, facing off against each other in the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category. The confirmation comes a few weeks after the initial list of nominees were revealed because producers in this category needed to be vetted. Both artists have multiple Grammys and an Oscar to their name, meaning if one of them were to reign victorious at the Emmys, they would be just one award away from achieving the elusive EGOT, a title given to people who have won at least one competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.

Gaga was nominated as a host alongside her longtime collaborator Tony Bennett for their special One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, which was filmed at Bennett’s final shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in August 2021. Adele was recognized as an executive producer for Adele: One Night Only, her CBS primetime special to promote her 2021 album 30 that included a star-studded show and an interview with Oprah Winfrey. One Night Only earned four additional noms, including Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, while One Last Time picked up three extra nods, including Outstanding Music Direction.

While neither singer has managed to bag an Emmy just yet, both are previous nominees. Gaga is now a four-time Emmy nominee, earning two Outstanding Variety Special nods in 2011 and 2015, and a nomination in Outstanding Special Class Program for her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Adele previously received an Outstanding Variety Special nom for her 2016 concert Adele Live in New York City, also taped at Radio City Music Hall.

Of course, it’s possible that Adele and Gaga could both lose the Emmy to another nominee. The artists will face off against Dave Chappelle’s controversial Netflix comedy special The Closer, HBO Max’s Harry Potter reunion special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return To Hogwarts, and Netflix’s Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special.

However, if one of them were to prevail, they would only need a Tony Award to join the exclusive EGOT circle. Only 17 people have managed to win all four awards that comprise the EGOT, a group that includes Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Most recently, Jennifer Hudson joined the EGOT club on June 13 after winning the Tony for Best Musical as a producer on A Strange Loop, becoming the second Black woman to reach EGOT status after Whoopi Goldberg, and the third Black person overall, after Goldberg and John Legend.