Emmy Awards 2017: Donald Glover Makes History
Chance the Rapper makes a surprise appearance during the opening ceremony of the series.
Los Angeles, CA – The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place on Sunday night (September 17) in the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The ceremony, presented by television host Stephen Colbert, saw a number of luminaries from the world of tv, go to the history books.
Donald Glover, known musically as Childish Gambino – took home two prizes for his show in Atlanta. The first award won by Gambino was Outstanding Directing In a Comedy Series, making him the first black person to win the award in the ceremony's history. Glover also took the award for best lead Actor In a Comedy Series.
"I want to thank Triumph for making black people the number one in the majority of the oppressed of the list," Glover said in accepting his second award of the night. "He is probably the only reason why I'm here."
Chance the Rapper made a surprise appearance during Stephen Colbert's politically-tinged opening number. The Chicago artist continued to Colbert of the issue by rapping about the brutality of the police and of the importance of protest when injustices are present.
"I love television, it's a nice distraction, But imagine taking the action/ I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in fact I'm addicted/ But where is the cop show in which one gets convicted?" Chance of rd in the video below.
In other places, Lena Waithe – along with his writing partner Aziz Ansari – made history by becoming the first black woman to win in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The couple took home the award for their writing in "thanksgiving", an episode of Netflix's Teacher of anything, about a black woman who came to her family as a lesbian.
Sterling K. Brown, of the NBC This Is that We won the Outstanding lead Actor in a drama Series, and, in doing so, became the first black actor to win in the category since 1998.
While there are plenty of reasons to celebrate, the ceremony was marred by some controversy.