Primetime Emmys 2021—everything you need to know ahead of the big event

Your favorite stars are about to hit the red carpet and this year's guests are a seriously mixed bag

A statue of the Emmys 2021 Award seen upon entry on display at the 2017 Emmy Awards Governors Ball press preview on September 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, ahead of the 69th annual Emmy Awards.
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Over the weekend, all eyes were on the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, but now, it's time to see which television series will be taking home the coveted golden statue.

The Primetime Emmys 2021 will bring some of our favorite stars back to the red carpet. After a year-long hiatus, the award ceremony is ditching the video format, and will officially go back in person. While the Creative Arts Emmy Awards celebrates outstanding artistic and technical achievements, the Primetime ceremony will honor and recognize celebrities in various areas of television and emerging media.

Below, we answer some of your burning questions to help prepare for one of the most star-studded events (next to the Met Gala 2021) of the season.

The Emmy statue is seen during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations at the ATAS' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre July 17, 2003 in North Hollywood, California.

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What day is the Emmys 2021?

The Primetime Emmys 2021 will be happening Sunday, September 19 at 8 pm ET. Unlike previous years, this year's ceremony will take place outside with "a limited audience of nominees and their guests," according to a press release.

Who was nominated for the Primetime Emmys 2021?

The nominees for Emmy awards were announced on Tuesday, July 13. Ahead of the big day, the Emmys put out the full list of nominees—including those for the Creative Arts. Some of the most-anticipated nominees include Mare of Easttown, WandaVision, and The Queen's Gambit. 

If the Creative Arts Emmys predict anything, then The Queen's Gambit may be expected to sweep the competition. Over the weekend, the limited series dominated the award show taking home nine Emmys.

Where to watch the Emmys 2021

Television fans will be able to stream the award show on Paramount+ (with a subscription) or on their local CBS channel. 

Make sure to check with your cable network to determine which channel CBS is on. For those without a cable subscription, other streaming options also include Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV.

Who is hosting the Emmys 2021?

Cedric the Entertainer attends the Inaugural Phil Oates Celebrity Golf Classic VIP pairings party celebration on August 29, 2021 in Carmichael, California.

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In the past, talk show legend Jimmy Kimmel has taken to the stage to host the Emmys. This year though, the award ceremony is switching things up, including the channel it's typically home to. 

Rather than use ABC, the Emmys are now home to CBS where comedian Cedric the Entertainer will be taking us through the night's events.

Make sure to tune in on September 19 to see which TV shows win the coveted golden statue—as well as all that red carpet glamour we all love so much!

Rylee Johnston
Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life who primarily covers lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. At times, she also reports on beauty, royals, entertainment, health, and travel. The latest fashion and beauty trends, along with any quirky travel destinations are her favorite topics to write about. 


Before coming to woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee originally studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.


When she’s not writing articles, you can find her testing out one of the many restaurants New York City has to offer and planning her next travel destination. Her other hobbies also include hiking, ballet, yoga, and reading practically any book TikTok recommends.