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The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards was held this September 19, 2021 at the Event Deck at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, California. 

Unlike last year’s event where there was no live audience, this year’s show had foregone social distancing and COVID health and safety protocols. This didn’t go unnoticed by viewers who immediately took to social media to call Emmys out. Here are the highlights of this year’s awards:

  • Canadian actor Seth Rogen called out Emmys for its nonexistent COVID-19 protocols. 


“Let me start by saying, there’s way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing? They said this was outdoors. It’s not,” Rogen said. “They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically-sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this. Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided.”

He added, “This is insane. I went from wiping my groceries to Paul Bettany sneezing in my face. So, that’s a big week! If anyone’s gonna sneeze in my face, Paul, I want it to be you.”

  • Pose actor Billy Porter arrived in style in his Ashi Couture ensemble.


  • Ewan McGregor garnered the Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited on Anthology Series or Movie for playing the role of gay American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick on Netflix’s Halston.
  • Saturday Night Live actor Bowen Yang was spotted wearing a pair of silver platform heels from SYRO. SYRO is a gender non-conforming footwear brand from the New York City which was co-founded by one of Adam4Adam’s ambassadors, Henry Bae.


  • Hacks, an LGBTQ-inclusive series from HBO Max, won 3 Primetime Emmys namely: Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Jean Smart), as well as the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series awards.
  • The Queen’s Gambit lead actress Anya Taylor-Joy looked absolutely stunning in her yellow Dior Haute Couture Gown.


  • American drag queen RuPaul Charles made Emmy history with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s win this year for outstanding reality competition program. This award is his 11th Emmy making him the show’s first most-awarded Black artist. Last year, RuPaul tied with cinematographer Donald A. Morgan on his 10th win. 

In his acceptance speech, RuPaul said:

Thanks to 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. And for the kids out there watching: You have a tribe that is waiting for you. We are waiting for you, baby: come on to Mama Ru. Thank you so much.



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