JAY-Z clinched his third Emmy Award, demonstrating his prowess in the entertainment industry with his contribution to Rihanna’s unforgettable Super Bowl halftime show. The accolade was bestowed upon the rapper and director Hamish Hamilton, who co-directed the spectacular performance that took place in February 2023.
The 2023 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday night celebrated JAY-Z and Hamilton’s exceptional achievement, naming them winners in the Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special category. This victory solidifies their creative collaboration and further establishes JAY-Z’s influence beyond the music realm.
Competing against other notable nominees such as Joel Gallen (Chris Rock: Selective Outrage), Linda Mendoza (Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer), Paul Miller (Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love), and Glenn Weiss (The Oscars), JAY-Z and Hamilton’s work stood out as a testament to their artistic brilliance.
Hamilton, a British-born director, has been at the helm of the Super Bowl halftime show annually since 2010, adding another feather to his cap that already boasts credits from the Academy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and the Summer Olympics.
This latest collaboration with JAY-Z marks a continuation of their successful partnership, following their work together on the 2003 film In Concert and the OTR II Tour featuring JAY-Z and Beyoncé. Hamilton’s impressive portfolio also includes collaborations with other notable artists such as Eminem, The Weeknd, and Alicia Keys.
The 57-year-old director’s consistent involvement in major entertainment events underscores his expertise and underscores the significance of JAY-Z’s choice in working with him.
This Emmy win not only celebrates the success of the Super Bowl halftime show but also highlights the enduring creative synergy between JAY-Z and Hamilton, leaving an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.