The 74TH Emmy Awards took place on September 12, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater. Kenan Thompson hosted this year’s Emmys, and Succession was the leading nominee (12 nominations). Several actors, writers, and producers made history by establishing new records at the 74TH Emmy Awards. Zendaya and Lee Jung-Jae also emerged as distinctive, very talented actors. And five television shows were celebrated in a major way. ARTSNLA has the exclusive recap about this year’s Emmy Awards. Here’s the scoop:

A class act, Zendaya became the youngest person to win two Emmy awards as a lead actor. During this year’s Emmy Awards show, Kelly Clarkson announced that Zendaya won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. After Clarkson presented this award, Zendaya shared a gracious speech with a theme of empowerment that uplifted the list of fellow nominees in this category as well as fans around the world. Today, this historic moment has soared to #8 on YouTube Trending.

“Thank you for believing in me, and even in moments where I didn’t believe in myself… My greatest wish for Euphoria is that it could help heal people. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me… I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me and I carry them with her (Rue). So, thank you so much,” Zendaya shared.

Lee Jung-jae received the Emmy award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama. Jung-Jae plays the role of Seong Gi-hun in “Squid Games”, which airs on Netflix. Lee Jung-jae made history as the first non-English (Korean) performance to win this Emmy Award. Also, Jung-jae thanked God during his speech as well as his family and supporters during his uplifting speech.

“To everyone watching from Korea, my dearest fans, friends and family who have always supported me, I want to share this joy with you. Thank you,” Lee Jung-jae voiced.

As a key highlight, five television shows achieved major recognition at the 74TH Emmy Awards. They were celebrated in a major way:

The White Lotus (HBO/HBO Max) received five Emmys: Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Murray Bartlett as Armond), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuoid), Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Mike White), and Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Mike White).

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) received four Emmys: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (MJ Delaney).

Succession (HBO/ HBO Max) received three Emmys: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama Series (Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans in Succession), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Jesse Armstrong).

Squid Game (Netflix) received two Emmys: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun) and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Hwang Dong-hyuk).

Abbott Elementary (ABC) received two Emmys: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard), and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Quinta Brunson).

Sheryl Lee Ralph’s powerful Emmys acceptance speech landed at #6 on YouTube Trending. Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers presented this award to Sheryl Lee Ralph. After accepting this Emmy award, Ralph sang “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves triumphantly before voicing a memorable speech filled with uplifting words about hope and empowerment. See the video below:

“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream… and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t, come true… I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like! This is what striving looks like! And don’t you ever, EVER give up on you… if you’ve got friends like everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me. Thank you! Thank you,” Sheryl Lee Ralph voiced.

Also, Sheryl Lee Ralph would like to thank Justin Halpern, Patrick, Schumacker, Randall Einhorn, ABC & Disney, Bob Chapek, Dana Walden, Craig Erwich, Simran Sethi, Erin Wehrenberg, Wendy Steinhoff, Zac Geoffray, Warner Bros. TV, David Zaslay, Channing Dungey, Brett Paul, Vicki Dummer, Rachel Filipelli, Molly Wilson, Adrienne Turner, 20TH Television, Karey Burke, Jane Francis, and Steve Sicherman.