NEW YORK -- "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe might have to print new business cards after he gets a special honor tonight at the 39th annual International Emmy Awards.

"I've been nominated (six times) for an Emmy for 'American Idol' … and haven't won any of them," Lythgoe, 62, said in an interview with the AP. "I've even got printed on my business card 'multi-Emmy loser,' so it's going to be wonderful to actually accept one."

Lythgoe will be given the honorary International Emmy Founders Award at the Hilton New York Hotel for his work as "a major reality show innovator" and for "his amazingly deep commitment to dance around the world," said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He produced Britain's "Pop Idol" and created its U.S. version in 2002.