LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Sheryl Lee Ralph accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series  award for 'Abbott Elementary' onstage during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Here’s a look at the Primetime Emmy Awards, which recognize television programs and performers.

September 12, 2022 - The 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony takes place with Kenan Thompson as host.

September 19, 2021 - The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony takes place with Cedric the Entertainer as host.


Emmys are presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Louis McManus, a television engineer, created the Emmy statuette, using his wife’s image as a model.

Emmy Awards are named after “Immy,” an abbreviation for the image orthicon tube, an early camera. It was later changed to “Emmy.”

The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club and were for Los Angeles programming only. Six awards were given. Tickets to the event were $5.

The first award ever given was for outstanding personality and went to ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale, for the children’s show, “Judy Splinters.”

Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are tied for the most Emmys ever by a performer (8). Ed Asner has won the most Emmys ever by a male performer (7), as of 2022.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” which premiered on Hulu in 2017, was the first online streaming service series to win an Emmy for outstanding drama.

In 2018, the Amazon Prime Video series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won an Emmy for outstanding comedy. It was the first time a streaming network show won the comedy award.

In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy announce a realignment of the Primetime and Daytime Emmy Awards, organizing the competitions by content genre rather than airtime.

2022 Winners (in selected categories)

Outstanding Comedy Series:

“Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series:

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series:

Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series:

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series:

Sheryl Lee Ralph, “Abbott Elementary”

Outstanding Drama Series:


Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series:

Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game”

Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series:

Zendaya, “Euphoria”

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series:

Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series:

Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Complete list of 2022 winners.