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2021 Emmy Awards: Nominees, Host, and Everything You Need to Know

The nominees have been unveiled

Diane Gordon


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You may be thinking about summer barbecues and pool parties, but for TV fans it is peak Emmys season. Voting is already underway for the 2021 Emmy Awards, and with a competitive roster of nominees unveiled, the pressure only gets tougher for Emmy-seeking TV shows.

As we all try to return to some semblance of normal, awards shows are starting to come back in their original form: with an in-person red carpet and an in-person ceremony. The BET Awards recently held a ceremony with guests at socially distanced tables inside the venue. As the Emmy Awards aren't until mid-September, here's hoping we'll be able to enjoy a regular red carpet filled with our favorite TV stars wearing beautiful clothes. Wouldn't it be nice to sit back and make snarky comments at the fashion parade? 

TV Guide will keep you updated as we learn more about the details of the upcoming show. Here's what we know so far.  


CBS has tapped Cedric the Entertainer to host the 2021 Emmy Awards. The comedian made the announcement on Twitter and joked that he gets to host even though he's not a Jimmy (both Jimmy Kimmel and Fallon have hosted the show in the past, as well as Late Late Show host James Corden)

When Are the Emmys?

The ceremony will take place Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

Where To Watch

The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards show will be broadcast in the U.S. by CBS and Paramount+.

Who's Nominated? 

Emmy nominations were announced July 13, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. PT by Emmy-winning father-daughter duo Ron and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

Among the comedy nominees this year are The Flight Attendant, which earned a Comedy Lead Actress nod for Kaley Cuoco, and Ted Lasso, earning a Comedy Lead Actor nod for series co-creator Jason Sudeikis. Surprisingly, Netflix's Emily in Paris and Cobra Kai also received nominations in the comedy category, joining the likes of black-ishPEN15, and Hacks

On the drama side, Pose star Mj Rodriguez made history as the first trans woman to be nominated in the Drama Lead Actress category. Other drama nominees included The CrownBridgertonThe Mandalorian, and Lovecraft Country.

For limited series, Marvel Studios' first Disney+ show, WandaVision, won in multiple categories, alongside Mare of Easttown, I May Destroy You, The Queen's Gambit, and The Underground Railroad.

Check out the complete list of 2021 Emmy nominees.


No word yet on the talent line-up for presenters. After the nominations are announced, we'll probably hear more about who will be presenting the awards.