Black women in TV won big at the 2022 Emmys

September 15, 2022

Web Photos – Pictured at the 74th Annual Emmy Awards are (from left) Sheryl Lee Ralph, Quinta Brunson, Lizzo, Jerrod Carmichael, Zendaya, and RuPaul.

The Emmys returned to Los Angeles for another year on September 12, 2022, celebrating the best of television over the last year.

Some of the biggest names in showbiz were in attendance, from Zendaya to Laverne Cox, RuPaul and Michelle Visage, Lizzo, Murray Bartlett, Jennifer Coolidge and many more.

The stars took to the yellow carpet to commemorate another year of spectacular television.

This year’s awards mark the 74th year of the ceremony. Stars are nominated across the 17 Emmy categories.

This year black women were among the night’s big winners. Here’s a roundup of the night’s biggest and best moments:

Quinta Brunson deals with Jimmy Kimmel’s awkward stunt during her speech

Abbott Elementary star and showrunner Quinta Brunson picked up her first Emmy for ‘Writing for a Comedy Series’.

But many felt that comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s stunt to pretend to be asleep on the stage took away from Brunson’s win.

The actress had to step around Kimmel to get to the microphone, where her speech was then cut short by the music playing her out.

Jerrod Carmichael wins for his comedy special Rothaniel

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael won his first Emmy for his comedy special Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel.

Carmichael came out as gay during the special, and hosted Saturday Night Live the night after its release.

On stage he said: “I wanted to win, I’m happy I won.”

“I made something that was of great personal consequence to me, and this definitely contributes to the meaning of it.”

Lizzo wins her first Emmy award

Pop sensation and Watch Out For The Big Grrrls star Lizzo won the Outstanding Competition Program Emmy for her debut series.

She delivered a passionate speech encouraging more diverse stories on screen.

The 34-year-old said: “When I was a little girl all I wanted to see was me in the media – someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me.”

For the last four years, RuPaul’s Drag Race has won the award. Lizzo’s win puts an end to the show’s winning streak.

Long reign the queen, RuPaul, greatest TV host in the universe!

Though he may have been beaten out this year by Lizzo for Outstanding Competition Program, RuPaul Charles won the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for the seventh consecutive year, for hosting RuPaul’s Drag Race, beating out other stars who lead the casts for Nailed It!, Making It, Queer Eye, Shark Tank, and Top Chef.

RuPaul had actually been awarded the honor a week earlier at the Microsoft Theater on September 3, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. In winning the award, RuPaul extends his reign as the most decorated black artist in Emmys history, with 12 trophies to his name so far. He also won his first Tony Award in June for producing the stage production A Strange Loop, meaning he’s only two trophies shy of an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

Zendaya makes Emmy history with a second Lead Actress win

Euphoria star Zendaya made Emmy awards history, becoming the youngest actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice.

The 26-year-old is also the first black woman to win the award twice.

She delivered a heartfelt speech where she acknowledged the struggles that people go through with addiction, like her Euphoria character, Rue.

“My greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people and I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me,” she said.

“I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know that I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me and I carry them with her.”

Sheryl Lee Ralph accepts her first Emmy with a song

Abbott Elementary star and Broadway star Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Ralph took to the stage and sang her heart out to Dianne Reeves’ ‘Endangered Species’, before reciting a powerful speech.

She stated: “To anyone who has ever, ever, had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like, this is what striving looks like, and don’t you ever, ever, give up.”

Her speech was quickly dubbed the greatest acceptance speech of all time.

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