In the past few years, one of the most entertaining and offensive Emmy categories is Outstanding Music and Lyrics.  Recent winners include “Dick in a Box” from Saturday Night Live and “I’m F***ing Matt Damon” from Jimmy Kimmel Live. This year offers a slightly less offensive group, but still has some crazy choices.

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The clear frontrunner has to be “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit,” the big musical number from How I Met Your Mother. But with nominees from Saturday Night Live, Family Guy, Monk, Treme and Rescue Me, there’s som stiff competition. Here are the nominees.

“Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” from How I Met Your Mother

Thanks to the magic of Neil Patrick Harris, one listen to this song and you’ll be humming it all day.

“Down Syndrome Girl” from Family Guy

In theory, a song about a girl with Down Syndrome from Family Guy would be as offensive as possible. But this old-school musical ditty is moderately sweet, despite the repeated references to Chris’ disgusting bodily functions.

“Shy Ronnie” from Saturday Night Live

I would much rather see Taylor Swift’s brilliant “Monologue Song” nominated, but the beats on this Digital Short featuring Rihanna are pretty great.

“How Lovely to Be a Vegetable” from Rescue Me

Perhaps the most hilariously offensive song on the list, this Broadway number takes place in Sean’s coma dream while he’s battling cancer as he puts on some Fred Astaire-style moves with dancing veggies.

rm-veggie.jpg“When I’m Gone” from Monk

This cloyingly sentimental Randy Newman song played over the final montage on the Monk series finale and, sadly, could pack an emotional punch to older voters.

“The City” from Treme

A good, old-fashioned New Orleans song featured in the season finale, the authentic music from post-Katrina New Orleans could also win votes.

Which of these songs will you be rooting for at Emmy time?

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John Kubicek

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