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Conchords, Kimmel, "Idol" Grab Emmy Noms

July 17, 2008 3:18 PM ET

A pair of Flight of the Conchords songs will compete for an Emmy at this year's awards ceremony for television excellence. Both "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" and "Inner City Pressure" from the band's self-titled HBO series were nominated in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category. The duo will have some serious competition though, as the viral hit "I'm F***ing Matt Damon," performed by Sarah Silverman and the Bourne Identity star for Jimmy Kimmel Live, was also picked among the five finalists. Another f***ing song was also nominated in the Outstanding Picture Editing of Clip Packages for Talk, Performance, Award or Reality Competition Series. In that category, "I'm F***ing Matt Damon" and Kimmel's response-song "I'm F***ing Ben Affleck" will curiously compete against the "David Cook Goes Home" segment from this year's American Idol. AI was the beneficiary of many nods, including Outstanding Reality Competition Program, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Technical Direction and Outstanding Host for Ryan Seacrest.

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