Black excellence on full display at this year’s Emmys

Home-grown talent Trevor Noah has us in our feels. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images
Home-grown talent Trevor Noah has us in our feels. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images


Although the Primetime Emmy Awards come quite late during the awards season, we are always excited to see what the Television Academy deems worthy of recognition.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 12, and for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started, the event will be held in a large auditorium.

This year’s list of nominees is thrilling. Here are some of the nominees we’re excited for and why:


We feel like a proud parent with this one. South Africa-born and raised talk show host Trevor Noah leads the late-night television pack with several nominations for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Noah scored the position of a lifetime in 2015 when he was announced as the new host of the popular US late-night satirical news programme.

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Noah has been seeing stars ever since, and this year the show is up for seven nominations, including Outstanding Variety Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.

In an emotional Twitter post, he said: “When The Daily Show gets nominated for [seven] Emmys! Just wow! Thank you for the incredible honour, Television Academy, and a big congrats to The Daily Show team and to Chris McCarthy and the whole Viacom and Comedy Central fam! I told you we work well together!”


We were all part of the Euphoria buzz when the show first aired, and now that it is over, I must say, waiting a full week for a new episode is torture. It seems the popular drama series may have cracked the code this year with 16 nominations, including Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for our favourite sponsor Colman Domingo; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the princess of chaos Sydney Sweeney; and Zendaya Coleman made history once again for not being the youngest producer nominated for an Emmy, but also garnering a whopping four nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

However, we can’t help but feel just a little bit slighted that our favourite TV mom, Nika King, who plays the loveable Leslie Bennett, mother to Rue Bennett (Zendaya), received zero nominations. Hopefully, the next season of Euphoria will see her leave her mark on the Academy.


Hands up if Abbott Elementary made you think about school in a “good old days” way, not “that place was insufferable” ... Me too.

This year, writer and creative extraordinaire Quinta Brunson made history twice with the comedy series. She received three personal nominations, making her the first black woman to receive that many nominations in the comedy category in the same year. She also became the Academy’s youngest black woman to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

It’s a big year for Abbott Elementary too, with a total of seven nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

Quinta Brunson has already made history twice this year. Photo: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters

This year is proving to be one that is taking the steps at honouring the entertainment efforts of black people in the US.

The Academy has come quite a long way since last year, when it was slammed for its failure to give black entertainers credit where credit was due.

We’re patiently waiting for September to come around.

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