Don Was took home an Emmy on Saturday night at the Creative Arts Awards. The show, held one week before the formal Emmy telecast, presents the awards for all categories that will not be part of the main show. Was won for Music Direction for the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, a special that aired on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and including performances of Fab Four songs by classic and contemporary artists. Was, born Don Fergensen, formed the group Was (Not Was) in 1979 with childhood friend David Weiss. They hit their commercial peak in 1987 and 1988 with the album What Up, Dog? and the number 7 hit Walk the Dinosaur.
They also had a number of Club hits including the number 1 Club song Spy in the House of Love. Don went on to be a highly in demand producer and band leader for the likes of Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time), the B-52's (Cosmic Thing), Bob Dylan (Under the Red Sky), the Rolling Stones (Voodoo Lounge), Hootie & the Blowfish and many others.