The Emmys get the wrong Andre Previn

The Emmys get the wrong Andre Previn


norman lebrecht

September 23, 2019

This is what they showed last night in memoriam on TV:

It’s not the late Andre but the very-much-alive Leonard Slatkin, 75 and going strong.

Can’t the music biz get anything right?

The clip is at 1:00 on video.


  • ilio says:

    Because it isn’t the music biz, it’s the Emmy’s (TV)

  • Caravaggio says:

    Not surprising

  • Chris Ponto says:

    But, at least, the Academy sure is woke. And, according to the awards and the speeches last night, that’s all that matters.

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Wait. You mean that isn’t Andre Previn?

  • M McAlpine says:

    As they say, red faces all round!

  • The View from America says:

    That’s OK — sometimes it’s fun to snicker at idiots. Good comic relief.

  • Michael Turner says:

    Hey, both are American, conductors, pianists, composers and have a direct link with Hollywood. Surely that’s close enough? Their names aren’t even close!
    Imagine the furore if they’d confused Renee Zellwegger with Rene Russo!

  • Karl says:


  • Edgar says:

    Who cares? The show must go on: the ersatz royalty is too busy congratulating itself. One could safely assume that when one asked any of those present whether she/he/it knew Andre Previn, they’d look aghast and say: “Idunno. Andre who?” We amuse ourselves to death (Neil Postman).

  • Ed says:

    Prev-in, Slatk-in. Almost the same.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    The oddity is that Andre Previn did more than his share of American commercial network television work in his jazz piano phase and one would think the archives of that industry would be bulging with PR and performance photos of him (You Tube has a nice excerpt of a Dinah Shore show featuring him).

  • Colin (48) says:

    At least they didn’t confuse him with Eric Morecambe.

  • drummerman says:

    Didn’t they confuse Aretha Franklin and Patti La Belle last year?

  • Vaquero357 says:

    Un(under)paid interns Googling carelessly. “It’s like, ya know, all these ol’ dudes look alike, all white hair an’ wrinkles n’ stuff…. Like whatEVer!!”

    Slatkin is of course still alive and well and just passed his 75th birthday. He opened the Houston Symphony’s season a couple weeks ago, and now he’s conducting in Ireland. So there, Emmys, take that!

    He’s Tweeting periodically, too – @LeonardSlatkin

  • Phillip Ayling says:

    It was in keeping with how terrible and unsynched the music was…having a DJ just spin tunes rather than any live group actually playing cues or bumpers. Really cheap sounding.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Mr Slatkin tweeted:

    <I saw that @theemmys posted a photo of me "In Memoriam" rather than the intended Andre Previn. Andre deserved better. I had the opportunity to introduce him when he received the @KCHonors. Perhaps he was paying me back for a couple stories I told about him. Andre, R.I.P.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I was watching this bit and I thought, what the? Listen up; nobody at the Emms is an intellectual giant or even the sharpest tools in the shed. They are just PC robots these days. Their ‘winners’ are soooooo predictable, mostly all based on skin colour. Zzzzzz

    • Fan says:

      Of course by eagerly and attentively watching supposedly dumb PC tools on TV, you feel like an intellectual giant yourself …

  • Stephen Owades says:

    “Can’t the music biz get anything right?”

    When my friend Andrew Kazdin, long-time producer for CBS/Sony, died, you (Norman Lebrecht) illustrated his obit here on SlippeDisc with a photo of Robert Moog—apparently grabbed from a Google image search because Kazdin had co-created and performed several albums on the Moog synthesizer. I sent you a photo of Kazdin that you swapped in.

    Unlike the Emmys, your blog *is* part of the “music biz.” Perhaps you should be more forgiving of others’ lapses.