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MUSIC MONDAY | 2018 Emmy Awards’ Top Songs, Musicians, Theme Music, and More

09.17.18 | Nominees and Winners Singing Emmy's Praises

Tonight, TV fans will be tuning in to the 70th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony.

Actors and actresses and those behind the scenes and the camera will be decked out in their designer duds, cheer for small screen celebs, and hope to take home a shiny statuette. But there's more to television than scripts and storylines…make room for MUSIC! What better way to kick off this week than with a Music Monday dedicated to the songs and all things surrounding them that made this TV season music to our ears?!

“In The Market For A Miracle”

A Christmas Story Live! was a television experience for those who love the holiday spirit as much as they do vegging out with a big bowl of popcorn at home. The classic Christmas tale taken to the TV set was fun to watch, and the songs made the season even merrier. And aren't we all in the market for a miracle? This year, the song "In The Market For A Miracle" is nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

“Totally Gay”/”I’m Gay”

Another nominee for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics is "Totally Gay"/"I'm Gay" from Big Mouth, a Netflix Original Production. The animated video is full of theatrics and clever lyrics, with a big sound and a big message. Watch for yourself and you'll feel the essence of Queen come to the screen.

“Come Back Barack”

Leave it to the folks at Saturday Night Live to find a way to add even more Emmy noms to their roster. Here we have "Come Back Barack" from the late night comedy show when Chance the Rapper was host. And they've already snagged the honor of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (you may recall some awards are handed out pre-air date). The funny fellas from SNL did their thing and did it well. Although, we're pretty sure the current guy in the White House would beg to differ.

Godless Main Title Theme Music 

Fans of Netflix's Godless hear that powerful theme song and just can't wait to "Netflix and chill." Minus the "chill" since their eyes will be glued to the set and their ears will be listening for every familiar note. This theme music already took home the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music written by Carlos Rafael Rivera. Congrats!

Marvel’s The Defenders Main Title Theme Music

A nominee for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music was given to Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix. The anticipation as the music builds gets die-hard fans ready for entertainment that only Marvel can master. This extended cut is captivating and creative.

“Everything’s Alright”

Both John Legend and Sara Bareilles are up for Emmys for their work on the TV version of Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert. Legend was a producer for the show as well as the title lead playing Jesus Christ (with Emmy noms for both categories), and Bareilles played Mary Magdalene in a supporting actress role for which she's in the running to take home. Watch their top-notch performance of "Everything's Alright." And in this clip, it sure is!

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo

The voice, the showmanship, the magic! It's no wonder Bruno Mars is in the running to snag the award for Outstanding Music Direction for his very first special, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo. This would be his first Emmy and one to be proud of. Check out the energy in this video!

Stranger Things Outstanding Music Supervision

Netflix's Stranger Things is one to watch, and the powers that be at the Emmys took notice. This show is up for an Emmy for Outstanding Music Supervision led by Nora Felder, Music Supervisor. While there's music throughout each episode, from the background to the build-up music, this video offers up an eerie remix of the title theme song.

This Is Us Outstanding Music Supervision

One of the hottest shows on TV is NBC's This Is Us. From the plotlines to the people playing the parts, this series never gets stale, and the characters are close to our hearts. Jennifer Pyken is the show's music supervision, surely thrilled to be in the running to take home the award. Here you'll watch the This Is Us score suite for a taste of one of television's best.

Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute 

The 2-hour star-studded salute covering some of Elton John's classics is up for an Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction. Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and others took to the stage to join John and prove that his music stands the test of time. "Still Standing," indeed.

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