Dave Grohl On His Emmy Nomination: I ‘Don’t Know How To Process It’

Rock star Dave Grohl recently opened up about how he reacted to his Emmy nomination for directing.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Foo Fighters lead singer essentially admitted that he never thought of himself as a possible Emmy award winner.

“The Emmy world is something I never considered. I still don’t know how to process it. It’s so foreign to me.”

Dave Grohl was nominated for an Emmy thanks to his direction of the band’s eight-part HBO musical documentary, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. During The Hollywood Reporter interview, the 46-year-old rock singer and musician was asked to discuss his directing style — or lack thereof. Grohl responded by connecting the dots between directing an episode and composing a song.

“As a drummer and a musician, timing is everything. The composition of a song is not unlike the composition of one of those episodes. We looked at each one in three acts. There was the hook, the pre-chorus, and there was the chorus. And then the chorus becomes the theme of the entire show, so that’s basically how I looked at each one of these episodes. But you have to realize that I don’t know what I’m doing.”

Grohl also stated that, on the day that the Emmy nominations were announced, he panicked slightly after waking up to nearly 60 text messages on his phone.

“I was in New York when the nominations came out. I woke up and had about 58 text messages and I just immediately assumed something was wrong. I started reading through all the texts and I was just kind of blown away.”

Variety reports that, in addition to a nomination for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming, Sonic Highways also received nods for: Informational Series or Special, Outstanding Editing for Nonfiction Programming, as well as Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming.

With the success of the first season, Dave Grohl is already working on a second season.

He told the Hollywood Reporter that the concept of the show “can be done everywhere because everywhere has a musical history.”

Whether it is filmed in Jakarta or Kansas, Grohl states that it could be anywhere and with any musical act — not just the Foo Fighters.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be the Foo Fighters. It could be musicians from each one of those cities, it could be someone from another country coming to that country to discover the music from there. The thing that made it different from just a documentary about each one of those cities was mixing [in] the creative process [of writing a song].”

Whether Dave Grohl actually wins the Emmy or not is still up in the air. Foo Fighters and Nirvana fans will more than likely be sitting on the edge of their seats when the Emmy award ceremony airs live on Fox on September 20.

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