2021 Emmy Awards: The Most Viral Moments of the Night (Updating Live)

Television's biggest night returned with a glamorous red carpet and live audience.

9/20/2021 4:04:00 AM

Rita Wilson RAPPED during the opening moments of the Emmys -- and you NEED to watch it right now (via toofab)

Television's biggest night returned with a glamorous red carpet and live audience.

Cedric the Entertainer was tapped to host -- making him only the third Black host in Emmy history behind Michael Che and Bryant Gumbel -- as television's biggest night moved from the Microsoft Theater to L.A. Live's Event Deck in 2021.And with last year's Covid regulations keeping most attendees watching -- and accepting their trophies -- from the comfort of their own homes, this year's in-person ceremony will once again allow presenters and winners to grace the stage.

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Going into the evening, Netflix's"The Crown" and the Disney+ hit"The Mandalorian" led the way with 24 nominations each. The shows with 20 nods or more included early front-runner"Ted Lasso," as well as"WandaVision,""The Handmaid's Tale" and"Saturday Night Live." HBO led all the networks with 130 nominations.

Click below for all the winners. Andbelow thatare the night's most viral moments.That's a Rap!Play video contentKicking off the show, host Cedric the Entertainment promised it wouldn't be a subdued affair -- and proved it right off the bat with a tribute to both television and the late Biz Markie. headtopics.com

Cedric and L.L. Cool J got things off to an exciting start by altering the late rapper's"Just a Friend" to sing about this year's nominees. But they weren't the only two to take part in the opening song, as This Is Us stars Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson, The Neighborhood's Annaleigh Ashford and Beth Behrs, Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, Coach Beard from Ted Lasso and more all got in on the action.

But the most surprising: Rita Wilson, who did more that just sing the chorus, but rapped her own verse. Color us impressed.Rita Wilson saw Glenn Close doing da butt at the Oscars and said, "Hold my beer" Read more: TMZ »

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