Emmys 2021: Missed the show? Here are 7 must-see moments to catch up on

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards — aka Hollywood's latest superspreader event — took place Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Didn't know that? You weren't alone. And this story is for you.

Droves of television's brightest stars gathered at the Event Deck at L.A. Live in what presenter Seth Rogen referred to as "a hermetically sealed tent" to celebrate the best TV offerings of the past year.

The show was a far cry from last year's semi-virtual soiree, and it was a big night for Netflix's "The Crown" and "The Queen's Gambit" and Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso."

But there's more to it than just the winners. Here's a look at some must-see moments from the telecast:

The opening monologue-slash-Biz Markie tribute

The evening's host, Cedric the Entertainer, dismissed expectations of a subdued "Emmys lite" awards show by turning the show's opening monologue into an unexpected rap sing-along that saluted television via a cover of late rapper Biz Markie's jubilant hit "Just a Friend."


LLCool J and Lil Dicky, as well as COVID-19 rapper Rita Wilson, joined in for the opener. The "Hamilton" cast and "Pose" stars sang along to the reinvented tune, while Kaley Cuoco and Michael Douglas danced to the beat.

John Oliver salutes Norm Macdonald and Conan O'Brien

Coming off back-to-back wins, perennial talk-series winner John Oliver humbly shared his award with fellow nominated late-night host Conan O'Brien, whose own show went off the air this season.

"I think like many of us in this room, I was kind of rooting for Conan," Oliver said. "So this is bittersweet. Thank you so much, Conan, for 30 years of inspiring comedy writers."


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