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2021 Primetime EMMYs Red Carpet: Yara Shahidi, Taraji, Niecy Nash, Tracee & More

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The 2021 Primetime EMMYs are underway! Go inside for a live update of everything and everyone you need to see on the red carpet inside....

The 73rd annual Primetime EMMY Awards are underway in Los Angeles - in a tented space - hosted by none other than comedian Cedric the Entertainer.

Tonight, it's all about celebrating GREAT television. See how your TV faves hit the red carpet below:

"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson - who celebrated her 51st birthday earlier this month - serves up MAJOR glam in a sparkly, sheer Elie Saab gown with pockets and Sophia Webster heels. She's slated to play the role of Miss Hannigan in NBC's Annie Live! later this year.

"Grown-ish" star Yara Shahidi wears a vintage kelly green Dior Haute Couture gown paired with brown leather pointed toe pumps, serving up Old Hollywood glam. That's two LEWKS in a week.

"Claws" actress Niecy Nash is wearing a black Chiara Boni La Petite Robe gown, styled with Chanel jewels and pearls, also inspired by Old Hollywood glam. The 51-year-old actress (previously nominated for three EMMYs) looked bomb AF!

Multi-hyphenate star Michaela Coel turns heads in a neon yellow Christopher John Rogers ensemble for her first EMMYS. She was nominated for four awards this year. 

The actress, writer, producer and director has won her first Emmy - Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie - for her critically acclaimed HBO series, “I May Destroy You."

"black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross makes her way down the carpet in a shimmery red off-one-shoulder dress that was a combination of comfort and glam. She's nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series as one of the producers of "black-ish."

"9-1-1" star and presenter Angela Bassett wears a statement-making gown by Greta Constantine paired with Christian Louboutin heels. Do we love it?!

"Little Fires Everywhere" star and presenter Kerry Washington glistens in silver corseted Etro gown and De Beers diamonds on the carpet before she paid tribute to late actor Michael K. Williams.

"Insecure" star and EMMY nominee Issa Rae wears custom AlietteNY and brings black culture to the carpet with a set of grills. 

She landed two EMMY nominations - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Variety Sketch Series - for her role in "A Black Lady Sketch Show".

RuPaul makes history yet again! He now holds the record for the most EMMYs won by a person of color after he won the Outstanding Competition Series honor for the fourth consecutive year for his show "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Allyson Felix - the most decorated U.S. Olympic track athlete - gets dolled up in a cut-out Reem Acra gown and David Yurman jewels. She presented RuPaul with the history making EMMY.

"Lovecraft Country" star Jurnee Smollett looks like a lifesize doll in a beautiful Dior Haute Couture strapless gown, a piece from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall 2020 collection, for her first EMMY nomination.

Entertainment Queen Debbie Allan is all smiles with her family on the carpet before she accepts the Governors Award.

Nominee Rosie Perez looks like a golden goddess in a sequin gown with a cape. She's nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in "The Flight Attendant." She was previously nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography award in 1990, 1992 and 1993 for her work in "In Living Color."

Her husband Eric Haze joins her on the carpet.

"POSE" actor Billy Porter strikes a pose in Ashi. He's nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "POSE."

Host Cedric the Entertainer, in an interesting Rich Fresh suit, and wife Lorna Wells hit the carpet.

"POSE" star and nominee MJ (Michaela Jaé) Rodriguez strikes a pose (no pun intended) in a flowy Atelier Versace gown. MJ is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series making the 30-year-old the first transgender performer to receive a lead actress nod.

"The Handmaid's Tale" actress Samira Wiley and her wife Lauren Morelli wear color coordinated 'fits. The happy couple became moms to a baby girl (named George Elizabeth) earlier this year.

Cynthia Erivo dons blue and green feathers to add a pop of color to her white Louis Vuitton gown. She's nominated for her first EMMY award for her role as Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha."

Come through color! "Mrs. America" star & newlywed Uzo Aduba wears a Cristina Ottaviano dress and Brian Atwood shoes.


The YBF actress recently revealed she married filmmaker Robert Sweeting in 2020. Congrats!

"Black Lady Sketch" star and EMMY nominee Robin Thede looks regal in a custom embroidered Jason Wu gown, styled by Wayman + Micah.

Braided up "Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay wears a strapless Christopher John Rogers gown for the EMMY festivities.

Nominee Kenan Thompson wins best dressed male for the night! He's nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his NBC show "Kenan."

Nominee Nicole Byer floats on the red carpet in a purple Christian Siriano gown for her big night. 

Jazz musician Jon Batiste honors New Orleans at the EMMYs. His custom suit is made of images from the 2005 storm Hurricane Katrina. The images on his suit show aerial pictures of people sitting and laying on the top of roofs in the flooded city with spray-painted messages reading " The water is rising. Please help" and also names listed saying they are alive in the flooded homes.

Always debonair on a red carpet! Nominee Sterling K. Brown wins the award for Outstanding Narrator for his role in "Lincoln: Divided We Stand." He was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "This Is Us." The upcoming sixth season will be the last one for the NBC series.



"First Wives Club" star Ryan Michelle Bathe - wife of Sterling K. Brown - is absolutely STUNNING in a high-low Sebastian Gunawan Signature gown paired with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals.




Carl Clemons Hopkins wears Christian Siriano, inspired by the non-binary flag, for the EMMYs Awards. Carl is nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Marcus Vaughan in "Hacks." Carl is the first openly non-binary person to ever be nominated for an EMMY.

TV Host and nominee Amber Ruffin is all smiles on the carpet. "The Amber Ruffin Show" is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Actress Moses Ingram shows out in olive green for her first EMMY Awards. She is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for playing Jolene in "The Queen's Gambit."

TV host Trevor Noah steps out in Versace, styled by Jason Bolden.


"Red Table Talk" co-host & presenter Jada Pinkett Smith wows in vintage Dior.


EMMY winning writer Lena Waithe says she is a proud plus one tonight at the Emmys, rocking Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh, styled by Jason Bolden.

Access Hollywood's Zuri Hall looks like a Black Barbie giving 70s soul in a silver Rani Zakhem Couture long sleeved jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and split legs.

Entertainment Tonight host Nischelle Turner brings a little color on the carpet alongside her colleague Kevin Frazier. If you haven't heard, Nischelle recently became the first Black woman to host nightly in Entertainment Tonight's 40-year history. Congrats!

Rocsi Diaz snaps it up in Haleia and YSL shoes.

E! correspondent Karamo makes a grand entrance with Rocsi:


Watch what folks had to say about their looks below:


Photos: Getty

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