The coronavirus pandemic meant this year’s event was held virtually, leaving the stars to dress up, or in some cases dress down, for the traditional red carpet event via Zoom.
Euphoria star Zendaya became the youngest actress to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series.
Every year, the Governors Award is given to an individual or organisation whose achievement is « so exceptional » that it « goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition ». Perry was picked for his « unprecedented achievements in television » and « commitment to offering opportunities to marginalised communities ».
Perry has made 22 feature films, more than 20 stage plays, 13 television shows and two bestselling books.
Accepting the award, Perry told a story about a quilt his grandmother had given to him, and how it made him further appreciate his black history, as every patch on the quilt told a story of his grandmother’s life as a black woman in America.
« I stand here tonight to say thank you to all of the people who are celebrating, and know the value of every patch, color, and story that makes up the quilt that is America, » he said.
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