2022 Emmys Return to Normal Awards Presentation

The 2022 Emmys—one of the most notorious award shows of the year—returned to its regular setup on Sept. 12. The pandemic has affected the past two years of filming the live show, having featured host Jimmy Kimmel in front of cardboard cutouts in 2020 and Cedric the Entertainer running the evening in an outdoor setting in 2021. This year, comedian Kenan Thompson took center stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for NBC.

The evening had its fair share of memorable moments with the biggest shows, actors and producers of the year. Comedy and anthology series “The White Lotus” tied with comedy drama “Ted Lasso” for the most nominations of the night, each nominated for 20 awards. While “Ted Lasso” won seven awards such as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series, “The White Lotus” received 10 Emmys—the most of the night.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”, a 26 time Emmy winning reality competition show, has won the Outstanding Competition Series category since 2017. After the show’s four year winning streak, pop-star Lizzo has overtaken the category with her new show, “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls”. During her acceptance speech, the singer became overwhelmed with emotion over how much it meant to provide black and plus-sized representation for such women on television.

The rising comedy series “Only Murders in The Building” was praised for it freshman season, receiving 17 Emmy nods. The popularity of this show caused their lack of wins to be a surprise to audiences. While the series did win three Emmys during the Creative Arts Ceremony, these awards were lesser known due to the ceremony’s air date being two days earlier than the Primetime Awards.

HBO Max’s breakout drama “Euphoria” had another successful Emmy season with five wins and 16 nominations—many of which being high-profile awards. The series has produced and hosted many stars, including Sydney Sweeney and Zendaya. The former Disney Channel actress has now made history as not only the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice, but as the youngest person to win two Emmys for acting at only 26 years old. She is now working on multiple projects, one of which is the newly renewed third season of “Euphoria”.

The award show closed the night with its In Memoriam tribute, accompanied by John Legend performing his new single Pieces on piano. Hollywood television icons such as Betty White, Bob Saget and Olivia Newton-John were honored and recognized for their work alongside other lost members of the industry.