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UPDATED: August 19, 2022



Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (“Making It”) – This dynamic duo was a bit of a surprise on nomination morning, but the two starlets have had a great year that included Poehler directing an Emmy-nominated documentary (“Lucy and Desi”) and Offerman’s stint in multiple programs including the Emmy-nominated “Pam & Tommy.” Will the odds of winning for the doc, assist in this category?

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness (“Queer Eye”) – The Fab 5 have never been better, more entertaining, or more timely than the last season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” Is it time to finally bestow the prize on their undeniable chemistry?

Nicole Byer (“Nailed It!”) – Byer made history as the first Black woman ever to be nominated for hosting a few years ago. With a stand-up special and other hosting gigs, she continues to dominate the TV space. How much longer will the TV Academy wait until they bestow the honor upon her?

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SHARK TANK – “1122” Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary (“Shark Tank”) – The Sharks are always bubbling near the top, and they’ve managed to nab a spot here once again. However, not the traditional hosts that the category rewards, the Sharks may need to seek love in other categories such as unstructured reality, which is easier to overcome.

Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”) – Lakshmi has been a staple for the Bravo hit reality series for years now, and she’s walking into voting after winning the Critics Choice Real TV Award for hosting. Could she be a dark horse waiting to unseat one of the other front-runners?

RuPaul (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) – Last year’s winner RuPaul became the most awarded Black artist in Emmy history. With the VH1 show dominating once again, will the iconic drag queen get another pair of statuettes to go home with?

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The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.

2021 category winner: RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)


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And The Nominees Are:
Rank Nominee(s) Network Show
1 RuPaul VH1 “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
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2 Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler NBC “Making It” (NBC)
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3 Padma Lakshmi Bravo “Top Chef” (Bravo)
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4 Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness Netflix “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
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5 Nicole Byer Netflix “Nailed It!” (Netflix)
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6 Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary ABC “Shark Tank” (ABC)
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About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements), and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.