Black Stars Make Emmys History Ahead of Primetime Telecast

By Sameer Rao Sep 10, 2018

Black screen performers left their mark on Emmys history a week ahead of next Monday’s 70th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. Some of television’s most famous and enduring Black thespians and comedians excelled at a pair of Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies over the weekend (September 8 and 9).

Songwriter, actor and philanthropist John Legend won in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category for executive producing NBC’s "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert." Variety notes that the accomplishment makes Legend the first Black man to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards—a status colloquially referred to as an "EGOT."

rntCNN reports that this weekend also marked the first time Black artists won all four Outstanding Guest Actress/Actor awards. Tiffany Haddish ("Saturday Night Live") and Katt Williams ("Atlanta") won in the comedy acting categories, while Samira Wiley ("The Handmaid’s Tale") and Ron Cephas Jones ("This Is Us") nabbed the drama awards. 

Read the full list of winners from Saturday and Sunday via