Both Leaving Neverland and Surviving R. Kelly received Emmy nominations.
Leaving Neverland, the 2019 HBO documentary that tells the story of two individuals who claim that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children, has received five Emmy nominations: Outstanding Directing, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Overall Picture, all in the Documentary/Nonfiction program section.
The 2019 Emmy Awards will take place on September 22nd and will air on Fox from 8-11 PM EST (5-8 PM PST).
Additionally, Surviving R. Kelly, a multipart Lifetime documentary that explores allegations of sexual abuse that R. Kelly is said to have committed, received one Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Surviving R. Kelly was a commercial success and a major influencer of public opinion.
Kelly was charged with sexual abuse crimes at the state level earlier this year, and last week, Kelly was arrested for federal sex-crimes charges.
The lawyers for Michael Jackson’s estate vehemently denied the accusations made in Leaving Neverland, and an additional documentary, Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, will be released on August 13th; the work will aim to disprove the allegations made in Leaving Neverland.
Chase the Truth is being distributed by Amazon and will debut on a multitude of on-demand video services.
Moreover, R. Kelly and his lawyers have also denied the charges, and it’s worth mentioning that in 2008, a jury found Kelly not guilty on 14 of 14 similar counts. Kelly is currently being jailed — he was labeled a threat to the community and was refused bond — and will reappear in court on September 4th.
Beyonce’s Netflix special, Homecoming, was also nominated for six Emmys. Also, Sara Bareilles received a nomination for her songwriting contributions to CBS’s Tony Awards. Despite being nominated in the past, both women are trying to secure their first Emmy award.