The Emmys in Memoriam segment was very dynamic, helped by John Legend’s emotional performance, but this segment forgot some of the stars we lost over the past year.
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The Television Academy honored greats such as Sidney Poitier, Betty White and Bob Saget during a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 12.
Still, Twitter was quick to point out Norm MacDonald, who himself was nominated for an award, was excluded from the tribute on television. The “SNL” star died in September 2021, but was posthumously nominated for “Norm McDonald: Nothing Special” in the Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category.
Fact Check: McDonald was included in the 2021 Emmys in Memoriam segment after the show aired days after his passing.
Still, fans felt like she should have been mentioned since she was nominated for an award.
Last week, the show’s executive producer, Reginald Reggie Hudlin, stated deadline that the Emmys would generally choose a famous song, and although they were skeptical, they opted to use Legend’s “moving song”.
He said, ‘Normally we would not do any new song in such a situation. We listened with skepticism which quickly turned into wild excitement. It’s a powerful moving song,” Hudlin said.
Hudlin noted that Legend would help rise during the part of the show that honors the stars beloved by fans.
“All you fans of John Legend, you know how he can get straight into your heart and break you,” he said. “John Legend’s performance is always something to excite and the song is unique and special and uniquely suited to the context in which we are putting it.”
Legend’s self-titled eighth studio album, ‘Legend’ was released on Friday.