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Dave Chappelle & Norm Macdonald Get Cold Shoulder As Adele Performance Scores Variety Special Emmy

Adele beat Dave Chappelle and Norm Macdonald to the Outstanding Variety Special Emmy. The CBS special, produced by Fulwell 73 and Onward Productions in association with Harpo Productions, won the award at tonight’s Creative Arts ceremony.

Creative Arts Emmys 2022 Photos: Chip & Joanna Gaines, ‘Queer Eye’ & ‘Selling Sunset’ Stars Plus RuPaul, Simone Boseman & More Adele: One Night Only featured the British songstress singing songs from her new album at Griffith Observatory in LA. Presented by Oprah Winfrey, it aired in November. Collecting the award was exec producer Ben Winston, who dedicated it to his mother Lira Helen Feigenbaum, who passed away this summer.

“I think you can tell by our faces we truly are surprised. But let’s be honest, you could film [Adele] in a cardboard box with an iPhone and win an Emmy,” he said. Creative Arts Emmys: Deadline’s Complete Coverage Adele: One Night Only beat Dave Chappelle: The Closer, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return To Hogwarts, Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special and One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga.

The win marks a genuine surprise given the strong competition particularly from Macdonald’s posthumous special for Netflix as well as Chappelle’s controversial special. It was a washout for Chappelle, as his special was also beaten by Adele’s in the Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special category with Stan Lathan losing out to Paul Dugdale. Adele’s CBS special also picked up the award for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.

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