Emmys Latest: Telecast kicks of with a hip-hop sing-a-long

The Latest on The Emmy Awards in Los Angeles (all times local):

5: 10 p.m.

Host Cedric the Entertainer, LL Cool J, and a bunch of audience members opened the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards with a hip-hop tribute to television.

Cedric introduced the CBS telecast Sunday night by saying it would be anything but subdued, and began a rollicking declaration of his love for TV to the tune of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.”

“TV, you got what I need, would you say he’s just a friend,” the host sang.

The show looks a lot more like a traditional awards ceremony than last year’s audience-free “Pandemmies,” but is still seriously scaled back, held in a tent in downtown Los Angeles.

The night’s favorites include Netflix’s drama “The Crown” and Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso.”

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See AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/emmy-awards

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

1 p.m.

Emmy Awards host Cedric the Entertainer and the show’s producers promise it will be a celebration for all. But it could be much more rewarding, even historic, for some.

That includes Netflix’s drama “The Crown” and Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso.” Each is considered a frontrunner Sunday for top series honors in their respective categories, and their casts received armloads of nominations.

More than the shows would benefit. Victories in both the best drama and comedy series categories would mark a first for streaming services and reinforce their growing dominance, to the dismay of competitors.

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