Keke Palmer makes Emmy history as the first Black woman to be nominated and win outstanding host for a game show

Rolling into 2024, Keke’s leaving all that 2023 drama in the rearview, adding to her “Assets” along the way.

During the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, Keke Palmer made headlines as she became the first woman in 15 years to win the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Game Show. Palmer’s triumph is for her role as the host of NBC’s revamped game show, Password. The win is not only significant for Palmer but also marks a breakthrough in an industry dominated by male hosts.

Palmer’s victory is also historic for another reason – she is the first Black woman to be nominated or win the Outstanding Host for a Game Show category. Her win brings much-needed diversity and representation to an award that has seen limited recognition for women and people of color.

Password, executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, has seen a resurgence with its latest iteration, featuring celebrity guests and a fresh approach to the classic word game show. Fallon praised Palmer, stating, “Sharp, charming and quick-witted all while looking like a superstar. There’s no one like Keke Palmer.”

The 30-year-old actress and media personality expressed her gratitude during the acceptance speech at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles. “Wow. That is so exciting thank you so much. I’m really just so thankful, I’m almost speechless. I want to thank the people who allowed this to happen, thank you to Jimmy Fallon, thank you to NBC,” Palmer said.

Palmer’s victory is even more remarkable as she beat out well-established hosts, including Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik, Family Feud’s Steve Harvey, and Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak. The win is not only a personal achievement but also a milestone for the industry, breaking through the game show host boys’ club.

This year’s Primetime Emmys marked the first time the category was included in the prestigious awards ceremony after moving from the Daytime Emmys. Keke Palmer’s win is a testament to her talent and charisma, solidifying her status as a trailblazer in the entertainment industry.

Adding to the significance of the moment, Palmer’s win coincides with the first time Password has been nominated in 50 years, with Allen Ludden previously winning the category in 1974 at the inaugural Daytime Emmy Awards.

This groundbreaking achievement by Keke Palmer serves as inspiration for aspiring hosts and performers, showcasing the importance of breaking barriers and challenging industry norms. As Palmer proudly shared on Instagram, “Couldn’t do it without you @jimmyfallon! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a classic game show such as Password. It’s a true honor, I won! I’m excited, BOOTS! Thank you to the @televisionacad.”

In a year marked by change and progress, Keke Palmer’s win is a shining example of the power of diversity and the impact of representation in the entertainment world. Her success not only opens doors for future hosts but also reminds the industry of the wealth of talent that exists beyond the conventional boundaries.

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