What are LL Cool J, Reggie Watts, Mandy Moore, Susan Kelechi Watson, Beth Behrs, Annaleigh Ashford, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Brendan Hunt, Lil Dicky, Rita Wilson, The Cast of Hamilton, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Do Bong Buno, Rolanda Catapano, Mason Cutler, Mao Kawakami, Ragon Miller, Gabriel Perez, Davis Rahal, Daniel Ralph, Lisa Sainvil, Brittney Sugarman all have in common? Well, they’ll be forever known as attendees of the opening musical number of the 2021 Emmy Awards, whether they like it or not.
Yes, this year’s Emmy Awards didn’t start with a comedic monologue by Cedric the Entertainer, but with an elaborate musical number – “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie, with the words changed to explain how television has what we all need – with Cedric, LL Cool J, and … Rita Wilson?
Yes, Rita Wilson did Biz Markie on the Emmys. Watch it all below:
The reviews for the performance were, well let’s just call them mixed. But here’s a pretty iconic example:
After a year of Emmys without an almost entirely remote audience, a full show returned in 2021, albeit in a different setting and style and in a somewhat smaller, more intimate setting. Big winners included Ted lasso, who has won almost every major comedy actor award, and The crown, which did much the same on the dramatic side of things. You can find all of this year’s winners here.