Kelly Clarkson Is a Double Winner Again at 2023 Daytime Emmys

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UPDATE (Dec. 16): Jennifer Nettles, who performed her song “Life Is Sweet” over the In Memoriam segment at the Daytime Emmys’ primetime ceremony on Dec. 15, won an Emmy for that song the following afternoon at the Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony, which was held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. Nettles co-wrote the song with Bill Sherman for the PBS series American Anthems. It won for outstanding original song.

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Variety Studio Actors on Actors on PBS won outstanding arts and popular culture program, beating Variety Power of Women: Changemakers on Lifetime, among other programs.

Selena Gomez’s Selena + Chef program on HBO Max lost the Daytime Emmy for outstanding culinary series to José Andrés and Family in Spain on Discovery+.

Connie Chung presented her husband, veteran talk show host Maury Povich, with the Daytime Emmys’ Lifetime Achievement Honor, following a tribute package featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Clarkson, Lewis Black and others.

“My husband, Maury Povich, is the GOAT, the greatest of all time,” Chung said. “Maury is the longest-running daytime talk show host in the history of broadcast television. I know that you think he’s been determining the paternity of every child in America all his life, but nooo, in his 67 freaking years in television, he’s been a news reporter and a news anchor and old-fashion talk show host interviewing world leaders, politicians, members of Congress, authors, movie stars and even Julia Child.”

PREVIOUSLY (Dec. 15): Kelly Clarkson and her hit daytime talk show kept up their winning streaks at the 2023 Daytime Emmy Awards, which was finally broadcast live on CBS on Friday, Dec. 15. The show aired six months after the originally announced airdate, June 16, a delay caused by strikes by Hollywood writers and actors. (The nominations were announced way back on April 26.)

Clarkson won daytime talk series host despite the fact that hosts of “informative” and “entertainment” shows were made to compete this year. There had separate winners for the two genres in recent years. Clarkson won outstanding entertainment talk show host the last three years.

Likewise, The Kelly Clarkson Show won outstanding daytime talk series, even though “informative” and “entertainment” series competed there too. Clarkson’s show won outstanding talk show, entertainment the last two years. This year the show bested returning nominees The Drew Barrymore Show, Live With Kelly and Ryan and Today With Hoda and Jenna as well as first-time nominee The Jennifer Hudson Show.

Clarkson has now won seven Daytime Emmys over her series’ first four seasons. This compares to three Grammy Awards over a much longer period of time – 21 years. Clarkson is nominated for another Grammy at the Feb. 4 ceremony – best pop vocal album for Chemistry. She and Adele are currently tied for the most wins in that category – two each.

Clarkson wasn’t present to accept her awards for the second year in a row. Should she show up to support the industry (and the awards show) that has been so good to her? Probably.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner hosted the 50th Annual Daytime Emmys, held at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles. They also accepted that program’s award for entertainment news series.

Jennifer Nettles sang “Life Is Sweet,” co-wrote the song with Bill Sherman for the PBS series American Anthems, over the In Memoriam spot. The segment included such daytime TV legends as Barbara Walters and Bob Barker, as well as Olivia Newton-John (who wrote songs for As the World Turns), Three’s Company star Suzanne Somers, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, best known for his role as a dancer, air personality and producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Daytime TV icon Susan Lucci received lifetime achievement honors at the ceremony. Lucci famously lost the Daytime Emmy 18 times for playing Erica Kane on All My Children before finally winning on her 19th try. Carol Burnett, Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos were among those who paid tribute to Lucci via video clips.

Longtime TV, radio and red-carpet host and producer Tanya Hart and veteran music/variety producer Al Schwartz were among those being ushered into the Academy’s Gold Circle, honoring people with 50 years of accomplishment. Hart is best-known for her work on American Urban Radio Networks, BET and E! Entertainment. Schwartz is best known for his long association with Dick Clark on such shows as the American Music Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. This is the first time these awards have presented at the national level. These awards were presented by tabloid talk show veteran Maury Povich, who is slated to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys on Saturday Dec. 16.

The Daytime Emmys also paid tribute to Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray, two long-running talk shows that ended their runs this season.

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974. In 2021, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong were executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie was executive producer from ATI.

In a highly unusual scheduling move, The Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live on Saturday Dec. 16, the day after the main telecast, at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV and Roku. That show will also be held at the Westin Bonaventure.

Here are the winners in selected 2023 Daytime Emmy categories, drawn from both nightly ceremonies.

Daytime Talk Series

The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated

The Jennifer Hudson Show, Syndicated

WINNER: The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated

Live with Kelly and Ryan, Syndicated

Today with Hoda and Jenna, NBC

Daytime Talk Series Host

Drew Barrymore, The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated

WINNER: Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall, Syndicated

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Syndicated

Sherri Shepherd, Sherri!, Syndicated

Entertainment News Series

Access Hollywood, Syndicated

E! News, E! Entertainment

WINNER: Entertainment Tonight, Syndicated

Extra, Syndicated

Inside Edition, Syndicated

Music Direction and Composition

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

The Hidden Lives of Pets, Netflix

WINNER: Home, Apple TV+

Island of the Sea Wolves, Netflix

The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated

Original Song

“Darling Darling,” General Hospital, ABC

“Everyone Dances,” The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

WINNER: “Life is Sweet,” American Anthems, PBS

“Only There,” Joni Table Talk, Daystar

“Pocket Change,” American Anthems, PBS

Culinary Series

Family Dinner, Magnolia Network

WINNER: José Andrés and Family in Spain, Discovery+

Martha Cooks, Roku

Roadfood: Discovering America One Dish at a Time, GBH

Selena + Chef, HBO Max

Arts and Popular Culture Program

American Anthems, PBS

Kings of Leon @ O2, YouTube

My Bluegrass Story, RFD-TV

Variety Power of Women: Changemakers, Lifetime

WINNER: Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, PBS

Working in the Theatre, AmericanTheatreWing.org

Promotional Announcement

Access Hollywood, Syndicated: “Tow Yard”

WINNER: The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated: “Drew’s Got the Beat”

The Jennifer Hudson Show, Syndicated: “EGOT, Hope, and Joy, and Magic”

Sherri!, Syndicated: “Sherri: Fun. Joy. Laughter.”

Tamron Hall, Syndicated: “Women Reclaiming Their Power: Michelle Branch & Angela Simmons”

Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Book of Queer, Discovery+

The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Syndicated

WINNER: Island of the Sea Wolves, Netflix

The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated

Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

American Anthems, PBS

The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated

Entertainment Tonight, Syndicated

WINNER: The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated

The View, ABC

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