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Zendaya Scripts History, Becomes The First Black Woman to Win Emmy for Lead Actress

For her work on Euphoria’s second season, Zendaya received four Emmy nominations. She received four awards total: two for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics from songs she co-wrote for the programme, one for producing, and one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Zendaya made history by becoming the first Black woman to win the lead actress Emmy for a drama series twice.

Succession on HBO and Ted Lasso on AppleTV+ both received 20 nominations, making them the most nominated shows of the year for the 74th Annual Emmy Awards. Quinta Brunson, the creator of Abott Elementary, won for comedy series writing. At the same time, Jason Sudeikis, the star of Ted Lasso, once again received the top prize for actor in a comedy series.

Zendaya, a rising star in Hollywood, made history by being the first Black woman to win the Emmy twice for best lead actress in a drama series.

For those who are unaware, Zendaya received four Emmy nominations for her work in Euphoria’s second season. Two awards were for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for songs she co-wrote for the programmed, one award for producing, and one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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The fact that Zendaya is the first Black woman to have won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series twice makes her victory all the more significant. She won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for the first time ever in 2020 (also for Euphoria). This year’s nominations made her the category’s youngest two-time candidate.

Given the competition the actress faced, Zendaya’s victory is also notable. Jodie Comer for Killing Eve, Laura Linney for Ozark, Melanie Lynskey for Yellowjackets, Sandra Oh for Killing Eve, and Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show were also nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

For her portrayal of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s The Dropout, Amanda Seyfried won for lead actress in a limited series, and Jennifer Coolidge of The White Lotus won for supporting actress in a limited series.

On the other side, Sheryl Lee Ralph, the star of the comedy series Abbott Elementary, also made history by being the second Black woman to win the award for supporting actress in a comedy series. Since Jackee Harry for 227 in 1987, she was the first. For the first time since Jeremy Piven for Entourage in 2007, Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein won the award for a second consecutive year.

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