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Highlights Of The 2021 Emmy Awards: The Fashion, The Firsts, And The Fun Moments

Here's a look at some of the best moments at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Everyone loves a good form of entertainment, and this year, we were definitely in need of some. We’re still on a high from one of this year’s biggest parties, so here’s a look at some of the highlights of 2021 Emmy Awards.


Fashion favorites

One of the things we admittedly look forward to in awards shows is the red carpet fashion. The 2021 Emmys did not disappoint. There were many statement-making, show-stopping looks that were seen on the red carpet, including Anya Taylor-Joy’s breathtaking yellow Dior gown; Mandy Moore’s sophisticated and striking red Carolina Herrera dress; and Yara Shahidi’s vintage green Dior Haute Couture tea-length dress. Mandy Moore made headlines, too, for bringing with her a breast pump (what a supermom⁠!). Also worth pointing out was Billy Porter and his scene-stealing wings.






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2021 Emmys Opening

There were good vibes all over when Cedric the Entertainer opened the Emmys with the late Biz Markie piece, “Just a Friend.” Familiar faces were captured singing along, including a rapping Rita Wilson. LL Cool J, Billy Porter, and Anthony Anderson were also in the list of performers. The rewritten piece made references to iconic television programs including Seinfeld, Ted Lasso, and Sesame Street.



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Netflix wins 44 awards in a single year

Entering the Primetime Emmys with 34 wins from the Creative Arts Emmys, the streaming platform then garnered another 10 awards with the likes of The Queen’s Gambit for best limited series and The Crown for Best Drama Series, Best Directing for a Drama Series and Best Writing for a Drama series. Gillian Anderson (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series), Olivia Colman (Lead Actress in a Drama Series), and Josh O’Connor (Lead Actor in a Drama Series) also won for their roles in The Crown. These 44 wins in a single year ties a record set by CBS in 1974. 



A night of firsts

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards marked a number of firsts and well-deserved wins. Ewan McGregor won his first-ever Emmy for the Netflix miniseries Halston, wherein he portrayed the role of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. This year, for the first time, Emmys also gave the directing awards in comedy and drama to women: Jessica Hobbs won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for The Crown and Lucia Aniello won Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for HacksRuPaul Andre Charles of RuPaul’s Drag Race made Emmy history as the most awarded Black artist of all time, now with 11 Emmy wins to his credit after his reality competition series won a trophy for Outstanding Competition Program.




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Remembering those who passed

It is always bittersweet to see late artists get honored for their works. The great Larry King, an iconic TV host, was a part of the segment. The segment played to the tune of Leon Bridges’ “River” and included many other honored individuals including Ed Asner and Michael K. Williams. Outside this segment were other tributes: The Crown’s Olivia Colman, who won her first Emmy, took time to pay tribute to her late father who died within the pandemic. Kerry Washington also said touching words about Michael K. Williams, calling him “a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being.”



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Conan being Conan

You may love him or hate him, but we think we can all agree that Conan O’Brien is one unique, oustanding comedian and host. Despite not being this year’s host, he caught everyone’s attention with some goofy “trolling” including one for the Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma’s speech, noticeably still applauding after the audience had silenced. The Conan show—which aired its last episode last June which marked the end of its host’s nearly three decades on late night—was nominated as Outstanding Variety Talk Series. And when the award for it was given to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Conan also went onstage to congratulate them. In his speech, John said, “Like many of us in this room, I was kind of rooting for Conan, so this is bittersweet.” 



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