With Grammys Stacked On The Shelf, The Roots Are Nominated For An Emmy Award

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2014 marks 15 years since The Roots crew grabbed their first Grammy Award alongside Erykah Badu for the Things Fall Apart smash hit, “You Got Me.” In the time since, Black Thought and company have received a bevy of nominations, and grabbed two more statues for their 2010 WAKE UP LP with John Legend.


However, while Eminem boasts Grammy’s and Academy Awards, The Roots may be the first Hip-Hop outfit to win an Emmy Award. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania octet was nominated alongside Jimmy Fallon this week for “Best Variety Series” for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

The Roots have been on the program for five years as of March, dating back to its original late-night placement and format.

Despite years on television, fellow Brotherly Love product Will Smith never won an Emmy for “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,” now has Ice-T or LL Cool J, who are mainstays on television as well.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air August 25 on NBC.

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