‘American Idol’ To Receive TV Academy’s Governors Award

“American Idol” is receiving the TV academy’s 2016 Governors Award for its impact on television.

The academy said Friday that the Fox singing contest was more than a hit, citing its use of social media, influence on the pop-culture conversation – and the talent-show imitators it spawned.

The Governors Award honors achievement that goes beyond the scope of Emmy Award recognition.

“American Idol,” which ended its 15-year run on Fox this spring, was a ratings blockbuster but never captured top Emmy honors in the reality-competition program category.

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Former judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell at the “American Idol” farewell season finale in Los Angeles.

It isn’t up for the award at the Sept. 18 Emmys airing on ABC, but host Ryan Seacrest has a final chance to be honored as best reality series host.