The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards took place last Sunday, September 19th. Here’s a recap of the night’s most memorable moments.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards opened up with a singalong performance from host Cedric the Entertainer alongside LL Cool J, Lil Dicky, and Rita Wilson. The group performed a rendition of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend,” altering the lyrics to paint what the past year has been like in quarantine, and how the nominated shows kept us entertained. The infectious song and rhythm encouraged everyone to dance while the cameras highlighted actors in attendance such as Mandy Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Billy Porter. After last year’s virtual award show, the joy of gathering and celebrating in person with one another was evident in this opening act.
Not too long after the singalong song, Seth Rogen pointed out the uncertainty of the environment. He brought up the number of people in attendance and that the event didn’t actually feel like it was outdoors. Although the show was held outdoors in a tent, the roof was enclosed and guests were not wearing masks. But the Television Academy later noted that the event followed strict protocols, requiring proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test for guests to attend. Cedric the Entertainer also provided some comedic belief by calling Pfizer the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Once the COVID related worries were addressed and safety was reassured, the award show fully commenced.
Here’s a short list of some of the awards received throughout the night:
The winningest show of the night was Ted Lasso, breaking history by taking home eleven Emmys. Just based off of one season, the Apple TV show was awarded Outstanding Comedy Series. This win was a big statement as last year’s receiver, Schitt’s Creek, took six seasons to be recognized in this category. Actors from the show also received personal achievements such as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for Jason Sudeikis. It was Ted Lasso’s night and if you haven’t seen it yet, the Television Academy is telling you to watch it now. The show is currently in its second season with new episodes releasing weekly.
Aside from the show awards, this year’s Governor’s Award was awarded to Debbie Allen. The Television Academy recognized her contributions to the entertainment industry as a dancer, actress, producer, writer, and director along with her efforts to empower the youth through her dance academy. A video introduction highlighted moments throughout her career such as her work on A Different World, Grey’s Anatomy, and her iconic role in Fame. Her emotional speech encouraged women and youth across the nation as she urged “claim your power, claim your voice… to make this world a better place.”
This year’s award show was a statement from streaming platforms. Netflix and Apple TV proved their ability to keep up with primetime channels and create shows that the public fell in love with. Televised shows like Black-ish and This Is Us fell short to Ted Lasso and The Crown. These long running shows did not stand a chance. The future of television may be changing with the evolution of accessible streaming platforms, so don’t doubt the newest releases from Netflix or HBO Max. They might just be worth the watch.
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