The 2019 Emmy nominations were announced Tuesday morning (July 16th), and among the honorees were sexual abuse documentaries Leaving Neverland, from HBO, and Lifetime‘s Surviving R. Kelly – both of which explored claims made against prominent recording artists in the music industry.
HBO’s four-hour film that featured testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who claim to have suffered childhood sexual abuse at the hands of the late Michael Jackson earned a total of five nominations. Leaving Neverland, directed by Dan Reed, has found itself competing in multiple categories: outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program; outstanding documentary or nonfiction special; outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program; outstanding sound editing for a nonfiction program; and outstanding sound mixing for a nonfiction program.
Surviving R. Kelly, which aired in January and featured more than 50 interviewees speaking about alleged acts of abuse by the R&B singer, was nominated for outstanding informational series or special. The recognition comes on the heels of recent news of the Chicago native’s arrest for allegedly violating Federal sex trafficking laws in addition to a pile of other charges.
Both films have changed the musical landscape and altered the way fans see their favorite and influential artists. Stay tuned for more regarding the 2019 Emmys to take place on September 14th.