The 2015 Emmy Award nominations have been announced and while most of the focus is on the major categories with shows like Game of Thrones, American Horror Story: Freak Show and Transparent scoring a slew of nominations, there are equally fun lesser-known categories.

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Two of these are Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Choreography. It’s always fun to see what songs and dances the Emmys nominate and this year there’s a wide variety. For songs, we have everything from powerful original music on the final seasons of Glee and Sons of Anarchy to a clever parody of boy bands on Inside Amy Schumer. And for Choreography, it’s once again all about Dancing with the Stars vs. So You Think You Can Dance.


This category honors the best songs on TV. The husband and wife duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen-Anderson Lopez are the reigning king and queen of original songs. Lopez has already won the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) thanks to his creations like the Broadway musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, plus “Let It Go” from Frozen. This year they are nominated twice for songs from FX’s The Comedians and the Oscars.

They’ll be competing against a boy band parody from Inside Amy Schumer, an original song from Glee written by co-star Darren Criss, the song that played over the final scenes of Sons of Anarchy and (not included here) a song from How Murray Saved Christmas.

“Girl You Don’t Need Makeup” from Inside Amy Schumer

“Come Join the Murder” from Sons of Anarchy

“This Time” from Glee

“Moving Pictures” from the Oscars

“Kiss an Old Man” from The Comedians


Not surprisingly, this category is dominated by two shows. Dancing with the Stars picked up a pair of nominations while So You Think You Can Dance scored the other three. For DWTS, season 19 winner Witney Carson is nominated for her work with Alfonso Ribeiro. And Derek and Julianne Hough are nominated for their brilliant piece about their sibling relationship through the years. They will compete against a trio of SYTYCD choreographers for their work on season 11, Spencer Liff, Sonya Tayeh and Travis Wall.

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John Kubicek

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John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.