Nashville, Tenn. – Last December, Checotah native Carrie Underwood took on the starring role of Maria in “The Sound of Music Live!” on NBC. Now, the unprecedented television production has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
“The Sound of Music Live!” three-hour blockbuster special attracted 44 million viewers in its airings and also starred Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 on NBC, hosted by Seth Meyers.
The Emmy nomination categories include Outstanding Music Direction (David Chase, Music Director), Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special (NBC • Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment, Directed by Beth McCarthy Mille with Theatrical Direction by Rob Ashford), Outstanding Special Class Program (NBC • Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special), and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie or A Special (NBC • Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment Emmett Loughran, Technical Director Robert Muller, Technical Director Rob Balton, Camera Jerry Cancel, Camera Lesley Hankey, Camera Ray Hoover, Camera Charlie Huntley, Camera Andrew Jansen, Camera Jay Kulick, Camera Jeff Latonero, Camera Pat Minietta, Camera Brian Phraner, Camera Claus Stuhl Weissenburg, Camera Mark Whitman, Camera Susan Noll, Video Control Yoneet Solange, Video Control).
Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 “American Idol” win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-platinum or platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood last year became the musical voice of primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football, co-hosted the CMA Awards for the sixth consecutive year, and starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, “The Sound of Music Live!,” whose airings attracted 44 million viewers and four 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations.
Underwood is currently working on her fifth studio album.