The 2021 Emmy Awards

By Lisa Respers France, Marianne Garvey, Chloe Melas, Melissa Mahtani, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 1:46 AM ET, Mon September 20, 2021
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10:20 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Legendary Debbie Allen receives the Governors Award

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Debbie Allen attends the Creative Arts Emmys on September 12, in Los Angeles, California.
Debbie Allen attends the Creative Arts Emmys on September 12, in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

An emotional Debbie Allen received a standing ovation as she was awarded the Governors Award at the Emmys.

The woman who went from a dancer to a choreographer, actor and a famed TV director thanked everyone from Captain Kangaroo to Shonda Rhimes for helping her career.

And she was determined to get her full speech heard.

"Honey turn that clock off, I ain't paying no attention to it," she said as they tried to count her speech down.

Allen ended her acceptance speech with a message.

"Let this moment resonate with women across the world, across this country and across this world," she said. "From Texas to Afghanistan ... and also young people who have no vote, who can't even get a vaccine, they are inheriting the world that we leave them. It is time for you to claim your power, claim your voice, say your song, tell your stories," she said.

"It will make us a better place. Your turn," Allen said.

10:07 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

RuPaul Charles just became the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history

RuPaul accepts the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or competition program for "RuPaul's Drag Race" during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 12, in Los Angeles.
RuPaul accepts the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or competition program for "RuPaul's Drag Race" during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 12, in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

RuPaul Charles, the host of reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race," just won his 11th Emmy.

That makes Charles the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history.

Before tonight's award, he was tied with cinematographer Donald A. Morgan.

10:05 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

"RuPaul's Drag Race" wins Emmy for outstanding competition program

"RuPaul's Drag Race" just won the Emmy for outstanding competition program.

RuPaul Charles, the host of the reality show, thanked "all of our lovely children on our show from around the world." 

"You know, they are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life, even more difficult today. This is for you," he said. 

"And for you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you. We are waiting for you, baby, come on to mama Ru." 

After he left the stage, Frank Scherma, chairman of the Television Academy, was introduced. When he came on stage, Conan O'Brien started screaming and saluted Scherma from the audience.

9:49 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Jason Sudeikis wins outstanding lead actor for "Ted Lasso"

From CNN's Chloe Melas

Jason Sudekis stars in “Ted Lasso.”
Jason Sudekis stars in “Ted Lasso.” (Colin Hutton/Apple TV+)

Jennifer Coolidge presented the award to Jason Sudeikis for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his hit show "Ted Lasso."

"This show is about family, mentors, teammates," Sudeikis said in part.

"I want to thank my teammates who helped make this show ... the incredible writing staff, incredible directors, my incredible cast. I'm only as good as you guys make me look."

When it came to thanking his co-stars, he said, "It means the world to me to be up here and just be a mirror of what you guys give to me and we reflect back and forth on each other."

9:46 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Jean Smart wins outstanding lead actress for "Hacks" and pays tribute to late husband

Jean Smart in “Hacks”
Jean Smart in “Hacks” (HBO)

Jean Smart just won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role in "Hacks."

She started her thank you speech by paying tribute to her husband who died six months ago.

"Before I say anything else I have to acknowledge my late husband who passed away six months yesterday. I would not be here without him, and without his kind of putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I have had," Smart said.
9:41 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Lucia Aniello wins Emmy for directing for "Hacks"

Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs attend the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs attend the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Lucia Aniello just won the award for directing for a comedy series for "Hacks."

She thanked the stars of the show Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder "for giving so much of themselves to these characters. 

"I mean they are you and we are so, so lucky to experience your love every day. And I love you both so much," Aniello said.

She also thanked her husband and the show's co-creator, Paul W. Downs. "I'm in love with you which is why I married you last weekend," she said.

Aniello joked that she would love to say her wedding vows again, but the teleprompter said stop "so I can't do that."
9:40 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

"Hacks" wins Emmy for writing for a comedy series

From CNN's Marianne Garvey

(Jake Giles Netter/HBO Max)
(Jake Giles Netter/HBO Max)

"Hacks" wins!

Paul W. Downs unrolled a speech for winning a writing Emmy for "Hacks."

He thanked the cast and crew, and his co-writers joined him on stage.

9:26 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

We are back up "Schitt's Creek"

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy of "Schitt's Creek" attend the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, in Los Angeles, California.
Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy of "Schitt's Creek" attend the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, in Los Angeles, California. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

The cast of "Schitt's Creek" reunited Sunday night for the Primetime Emmy Awards and boy did we miss them.

Eugene Levy, his father Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy did a bit where there was nothing on the prompter.

As the audience twittered nervously, the elder Levy said, "They wouldn't be doing this on purpose would they?"

"Why would anyone want to embarrass us on national television on purpose?" his son asked.

Turns out Eugene Levy told the writers to "lift" his dialogue by tightening it a bit.

Could we please get another season of "Schitt's Creek," please?!?!

9:19 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

"Saturday Night Live" takes the award for variety sketch series

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

(Will Heath/NBC/Getty Images)
(Will Heath/NBC/Getty Images)

"SNL" won the Emmy for best variety sketch series.

Creator and producer Lorne Michaels accepted the award noting that they "began last season with six live election shows in a Covid bubble with everyone in masks and a small audience of exhausted first responders. No better way to do comedy."

"The Dave Chappelle/Foo Fighters show was the last of those six shows and it happened on the Saturday the election result was announced," Michaels said. "Fatigue soon turned to exhilaration and we went to work."

He said that show won the Emmy.

"And lastly, 'Weekend Update' has been part of 'SNL' for 46 seasons," Michaels said. "And here I'd like to pay tribute to one of the best we ever had, Norm Macdonald."