The Sound of Music Live, starring Carrie Underwood in the lead role of Maria, was nominated for four Emmy awards Thursday: Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
The live, three-hour broadcast of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical aired back in December and also featured True Blood's Stephen Moyer and Broadway megastar Audra McDonald. It pulled in more than 18 million live viewers during its first broadcast — the largest audience for any NBC program since Frasier's final episode in 2004 — and eventually netted a total of 44 million viewers, thanks to a rebroadcast and a sizable, tech-savvy audience that tuned in via DVR and the Internet.
The Sound of Music Live! isn't Underwood's only foray into television. She launched her entertainment career on the fourth season of American Idol, back when the long-running singing competition was still the top-rated show on TV, and appeared in episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Sesame Street in 2010. Last year, she replaced Faith Hill as the voice of the NBC Sunday Night Football theme. Underwood has also been the co-host for the CMA Awards since 2008, sharing the honor with fellow country crooner (and occasional actor) Brad Paisley.
The 2014 Prime Time Emmy Awards will air on August 25th. Country music will also be represented by Blake Shelton, whose hit show, The Voice, is up for ten Emmys, including Outstanding Reality Competition Show.