Ray Mickshaw/FOX
August 19, 2016 at 07:41 PM EDT

American Idol is singing one last victory anthem.

The series will receive this year’s Governors Award, the Television Academy announced Friday. The prestigious award, which honors achievement in television “beyond the scope” of a traditional Emmy Award, has previously gone to the “It Gets Better” project, Comic Relief, and Masterpiece Theater.

American Idol wasn’t just a hit show. With its successful integration of social media, dominance of the pop-culture conversation and legions of imitators, it changed television in a profound way,” Michael Levine, Selection Committee Chair for the Governors Award, said in a statement. “You could meaningfully divide the history of television into ‘before American Idol‘ and ‘after American Idol’.”

The singing competition series, created by Simon Fuller, ran for 15 seasons on Fox, ending its run last May with a celebratory swan song that crowned Trent Harmon the show’s final winner. Over the years, the show has also produced superstar talent like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert.

Host Ryan Seacrest still has a chance to take home Emmy gold, earning his seventh nomination for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Reality-Competition Series. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
type
TV Show
seasons
16
episodes
574
Genre
run date
06/11/02
creator
Simon Fuller
Network
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