List of black Primetime Emmy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of black Primetime Emmy winners and nominees.

Contents

Facts and figures[edit]

  • As of the 67th Primetime Emmys in 2015, at least one African-American has won in every acting category except Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
  • Diahann Carroll became the first ever nominee (male or female) in 1963.
  • Bill Cosby became the first ever winner (male or female) in 1966.

Most nominations[edit]

  • Debbie Allen - 19
  • Chris Rock - 19
  • Alfre Woodard - 17
  • Jacqueline Glover - 13
  • Cicely Tyson - 12
  • Andre Braugher - 10
  • Keegan-Michael Key - 10
  • Whoopi Goldberg - 9
  • Samuel D. Pollard - 9
  • Paris Barclay - 8
  • Don Cheadle - 8
  • Bill Cosby - 8
  • James Earl Jones - 8
  • Jordan Peele - 8
  • Laurence Fishburne - 7
  • Louis Gossett, Jr. - 7
  • Isabel Sanford - 7
  • Wanda Sykes - 7
  • Thomas Carter - 6
  • Suzanne de Passe - 6
  • Ruby Dee - 6
  • Robert Guillaume - 6

Most wins[edit]

  • Jacqueline Glover - 5
  • Bill Cosby - 4
  • Chris Rock - 4
  • Alfre Woodard - 4
  • Debbie Allen - 3
  • Keith David - 3
  • Stanley Nelson - 3
  • Samuel D. Pollard - 3
  • Cicely Tyson - 3
  • Uzo Aduba - 2
  • Paris Barclay - 2
  • Andre Braugher - 2
  • Suzanne de Passe - 2
  • Ja'Net DuBois - 2
  • Robert Guillaume - 2
  • James Earl Jones - 2
  • Regina King - 2

Lead Actor[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1970 Bill Cosby The Bill Cosby Show Nominated First black actor to be nominated in this category.
1970 Lloyd Haynes Room 222 Nominated First black actor to be nominated in this category.
1972 Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Nominated
1973 Nominated
1974 Nominated
1980 Robert Guillaume Benson Nominated
1982 Nominated
1983 Nominated
1984 Nominated
1984 Sherman Hemsley The Jeffersons Nominated
1985 Robert Guillaume Benson Won First black actor to win in this category.
1988 Tim Reid Frank's Place Nominated
2002 Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2003 Nominated
2012 Don Cheadle House of Lies Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated
Anthony Anderson black-ish Nominated
2016 Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1966 Bill Cosby I Spy Won First African-American (male or female) to win a Primetime Emmy.
First African-American actor to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
First African-American actor to win a Primetime Emmy.
First black actor to be nominated in this category.
First actor to win in this category.
1967 Won
1968 Won
1981 Louis Gossett Jr. Palmerstown, U.S.A. Nominated
1991 James Earl Jones Gabriel's Fire Won Second African-American to win this category.
1992 Harrison Page Quantum Leap Nominated
1996 Andre Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1998 Won Third African-American to win this category.
2001 Gideon's Crossing Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1967 Ivan Dixon The Final War of Olly Winter (CBS Playhouse) Nominated First black actor to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
1969 Ossie Davis Teacher, Teacher (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
1970 Al Freeman Jr. My Sweet Charlie Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
1972 Billy Dee Williams Brian's Song Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
1977 Louis Gossett Jr. Roots Won First black actor to win in this category.
Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
Levar Burton Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
Ben Vereen Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
John Amos Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1978 Paul Winfield King Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Limited Series.
1979 Louis Gossett Jr. Backstairs at the White House Nominated
1984 Sadat Nominated
1987 A Gathering of Old Men Nominated
1988 Danny Glover Mandela Nominated
1991 Sidney Poitier Separate but Equal Nominated
1995 Charles S. Dutton The Piano Lesson (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated
1996 Laurence Fishburne The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1997 Laurence Fishburne Miss Evers' Boys Nominated
Sidney Poitier Mandela and de Klerk Nominated
1998 Ving Rhames Don King: Only in America Nominated
1999 Don Cheadle A Lesson Before Dying Nominated
2001 Gregory Hines Bojangles Nominated
2004 Mos Def Something the Lord Made Nominated
2006 Andre Braugher Thief Won Second black actor to win in this category.
2011 Idris Elba Luther Nominated
Laurence Fishburne Thurgood Nominated
2012 Idris Elba Luther Nominated
2014 Chiwetel Ejiofor Dancing on the Edge Nominated
Idris Elba Luther Nominated
2015 David Oyelowo Nightingale Nominated
2016 Idris Elba Luther Nominated
Cuba Gooding Jr. The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Nominated
Courtney B. Vance Won Third black actor to win in this category.

Lead Actress[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1969 Diahann Carroll Julia Nominated First black actress nominated in this category.
1979 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1980 Nominated
1981 Won First black actress to win this category.
1982 Nominated
Nell Carter Gimme a Break! Nominated
1983 Nominated
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1984 Nominated
1985 Nominated
Phylicia Rashad The Cosby Show Nominated
1986 Nominated
2016 Tracee Ellis Ross black-ish Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1982 Debbie Allen Fame Nominated First black actress nominated in this category.
1983 Nominated
1984 Nominated
1985 Nominated
1986 Alfre Woodard St. Elsewhere Nominated
1992 Regina Taylor I'll Fly Away Nominated
1993 Nominated
1995 Cicely Tyson Sweet Justice Nominated
2013 Kerry Washington Scandal Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Viola Davis How to Get Away with Murder Won First time two black actresses simultaneously nominated in this category.

First black actress to win in this category.

Taraji P. Henson Empire Nominated First time two black actresses simultaneously nominated in this category.
2016 Viola Davis How to Get Away with Murder Nominated
Taraji P. Henson Empire Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1963 Diahann Carroll "A Horse Has a Big Head, Let Him Worry" episode of Naked City Nominated First African-American (male or female) to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
First black actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
First black actress to be nominated in this category.
Guest performances in regular television series were included in the category at this time.
1964 Ruby Dee "Express Stop from Lenox Avenue" episode of The Nurses Nominated Guest performances in regular television series were included in the category at this time.
1966 Eartha Kitt "The Loser" episode of I Spy Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1974 Cicely Tyson The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Won First black actress to win in this category.
First black actress to win a Primetime Emmy.
Category was known as Best Lead Actress in a Drama.
1977 Leslie Uggams Roots Nominated Category was known as Best Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
Madge Sinclair Nominated Category was known as Best Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1978 Cicely Tyson King Nominated Category was known as Best Actress in a Limited Series.
1979 Olivia Cole Backstairs at the White House Nominated
1982 Cicely Tyson The Marva Collins Story (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated
1987 Alfre Woodard Unnatural Causes Nominated
1990 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (The Magical World of Disney) Nominated
1991 Lynn Whitfield The Josephine Baker Story Won Second black actress to win in this category.
1995 Alfre Woodard The Piano Lesson (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Won Third black actress to win in this category.
2000 Halle Berry Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
2002 Angela Bassett The Rosa Parks Story Nominated
2005 S. Epatha Merkerson Lackawanna Blues Won Fifth black actress to win in this category.
Halle Berry Their Eyes Were Watching God Nominated
2007 Queen Latifah Life Support Nominated
2008 Phylicia Rashad A Raisin in the Sun Nominated
2009 Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship Nominated
2011 Taraji P. Henson Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Nominated
2014 Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful Nominated
2015 Queen Latifah Bessie Nominated
2016 Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Nominated
Kerry Washington Confirmation Nominated

Guest Actor[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1976 Roscoe Lee Browne Barney Miller Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series.
1986 The Cosby Show Won First black actor to win in this category.
Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
Earle Hyman Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
Stevie Wonder Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1989 Sammy Davis Jr. The Cosby Show Nominated
1989 Cleavon Little Dear John Won Second black actor to win in this category.
1997 James Earl Jones Frasier Nominated
2011 Idris Elba The Big C Nominated
2016 Tracy Morgan Saturday Night Live Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1993 Laurence Fishburne Tribeca Won First African-American to win this category.
1994 James Earl Jones Picket Fences Nominated
1995 Paul Winfield Won Second African-American to win this category.
Vondie Curtis-Hall ER Nominated
1996 Danny Glover Fallen Angels Nominated
Richard Pryor Chicago Hope Nominated
1997 Louis Gossett Jr. Touched by an Angel Nominated
1999 Charles Dutton Oz Nominated
2002 The Practice Won Third African-American to win this category.
Don Cheadle ER Nominated
2003 Charles Dutton Without a Trace Won
2004 James Earl Jones Everwood Nominated
2005 Ossie Davis The L Word Nominated
2007 Forest Whitaker ER Nominated
2008 Glynn Turman In Treatment Won Fourth African-American to win this category.
2014 Joe Morton Scandal Won Fifth African-American to win this category.
Reg E. Cathey House of Cards Nominated
2015 Won Sixth African-American to win this category.
2016 Nominated
Mahershala Ali Nominated

Guest Actress[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1986 Clarice Taylor The Cosby Show Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1988 Beah Richards Frank's Place Won First black actress to win in this category; however, category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1989 Diahann Carroll A Different World Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category (separate categories for actors and actresses).
1991 Whoopi Goldberg A Different World Nominated
1993 Ruby Dee Evening Shade Nominated
2012 Maya Rudolph Saturday Night Live Nominated
2014 Uzo Aduba Orange Is the New Black Won
Laverne Cox Nominated First openly transgender person to be nominated for an acting Emmy

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1986 Whoopi Goldberg Moonlighting Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
1987 Alfre Woodard L.A. Law Won First black actress to win in this category.
Category was known as Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
1988 St. Elsewhere Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
1990 Ruby Dee China Beach Nominated
1993 Rosanna Carter I'll Fly Away Nominated
1995 CCH Pounder The X-Files Nominated
1998 Alfre Woodard Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
2000 Beah Richards The Practice Won Second black actress to win in this category.
2003 Alfre Woodard Won Third black actress to win in this category.
2008 Diahann Carroll Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2009 CCH Pounder The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Nominated
2011 Alfre Woodard True Blood Nominated
Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
2012 Nominated
2015 Khandi Alexander Scandal Nominated
Cicely Tyson How to Get Away with Murder Nominated

Supporting Actor[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1979 Robert Guillaume Soap Won First African-American nominated in this category.
First to win in this category.
Category was known as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series.
1982 Ron Glass Barney Miller Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series.
1983 Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series.
1986 Malcolm-Jamal Warner The Cosby Show Nominated
1989 Meshach Taylor Designing Women Nominated
2009 Tracy Morgan 30 Rock Nominated
2014 Andre Braugher Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2015 Nominated
Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Keegan-Michael Key Key & Peele Nominated
2016 Andre Braugher Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Keegan-Michael Key Key & Peele Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1969 Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Nominated First African-American nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Continued Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series.
1970 Nominated Category was known as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama.
1972 Nominated Category was known as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama.
1982 Taurean Blacque Hill Street Blues Nominated
1995 James Earl Jones Under One Roof Nominated
Eriq La Salle ER Nominated
1996 James McDaniel NYPD Blue Nominated
1997 Eriq La Salle ER Nominated
1998 Nominated
1999 Steve Harris The Practice Nominated
2000 Nominated
2002 Dulé Hill The West Wing Nominated
2010 Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2011 Nominated
2012 Giancarlo Esposito Breaking Bad Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1977 Yaphet Kotto Raid on Entebbe (The Big Event) Nominated First African-American to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special.
1977 Moses Gunn Roots Nominated First African-American to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1978 Ossie Davis King Nominated Category was known as Best Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
1979 Al Freeman Roots: The Next Generations Nominated
Paul Winfield Nominated
1989 Danny Glover Lonesome Dove Nominated
1990 James Earl Jones By Dawn's Early Light Nominated
1991 Heat Wave Won First African-American to win in this category.
1992 Ben Vereen Intruders Nominated
1996 Andre Braugher The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1997 Obba Babatundé Miss Evers' Boys Nominated
Ossie Davis Nominated
1999 Don Cheadle The Rat Pack Nominated
2000 Danny Glover Freedom Song Nominated
2002 Don Cheadle Things Behind the Sun Nominated
2004 Jeffrey Wright Angels in America Won Second African-American to win in this category.
2015 Michael Kenneth Williams Bessie Nominated
2016 Sterling K. Brown The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won Third African-American to win in this category.
Bokeem Woodbine Fargo Nominated

Supporting Actress[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1981 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series.
1982 Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series.
1983 Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series.
1984 Nominated
Paula Kelly Night Court Nominated
1985 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated
1986 Lisa Bonet The Cosby Show Nominated
Keshia Knight Pulliam Nominated
1987 Jackee Harry 227 Won First black actress to win in this category.
1988 Nominated
2006 Alfre Woodard Desperate Housewives Nominated
2007 Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Nominated
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2015 Niecy Nash Getting On Nominated
2016 Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1970 Gail Fisher Mannix Won First black actress to win in this category.
1971 Nominated
1972 Nominated
1973 Nominated
1983 Madge Sinclair Trapper John, M.D. Nominated
1984 Alfre Woodard Hill Street Blues Won Second black actress to win in this category.
Madge Sinclair Trapper John, M.D. Nominated
1985 Nominated
1991 Gabriel's Fire Won Third black actress to win in this category.
1992 Mary Alice I'll Fly Away Nominated
1993 Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
1997 CCH Pounder ER Nominated
Della Reese Touched by an Angel Nominated
Gloria Reuben ER Nominated
1998 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Nominated
Gloria Reuben ER Nominated
2005 CCH Pounder The Shield Nominated
2006 Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Nominated
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2015 Uzo Aduba Orange Is the New Black Won Fifth black actress to win in this category.

With this win, she becomes first actress to win for same role in both Comedy and Drama categories.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1977 Olivia Cole Roots Won First black actress to be nominated in this category.
First black actress to win in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
Cicely Tyson Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1979 Ruby Dee Roots: The Next Generations Nominated
1979 Esther Rolle Summer of My German Soldier Won Second black actress to win in this category.
1985 Alfre Woodard Words by Heart (Wonderworks) Nominated
1988 Ruby Dee Gore Vidal's Lincoln Nominated
1989 Paula Kelly The Women of Brewster Place Nominated
1991 Ruby Dee Decoration Day Won Third black actress to win in this category.
1994 Cicely Tyson Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
1996 Alfre Woodard Gulliver's Travels Nominated
1999 Cicely Tyson A Lesson Before Dying Nominated
2001 Audra McDonald Wit Nominated
2006 Alfre Woodard The Water Is Wide (Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation) Nominated
2008 Audra McDonald A Raisin in the Sun Nominated
Alfre Woodard Pictures of Hollis Woods (Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation) Nominated
2009 Cicely Tyson Relative Stranger Nominated
2013 Alfre Woodard Steel Magnolias Nominated
2014 Angela Bassett American Horror Story: Coven Nominated
2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Nominated
Regina King American Crime Won Fifth black actress to win in this category.
Mo'Nique Bessie Nominated
2016 Regina King American Crime Won

Short Form Acting[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2016 Tracie Thoms Send Me: an original web series Nominated

Hosting[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2016 Steve Harvey Little Big Shots Nominated First African Americans nominated in this category.
RuPaul RuPaul's Drag Race Won

Narrator and Voice-Over[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2016 Keegan-Michael Key SuperMansion Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2014 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley Nominated First year of category.
First African-American nominated in this category.
2015 Neil deGrasse Tyson Hubble's Cosmic Journey Nominated
2016 Keith David Jackie Robinson Won First African-American to win this category
Laurence Fishburne Roots Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1999 Ja'net Dubois The PJs Won First African-American to win this category.
2001 Won
2005 Keith David Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Won Second African-American to win this category.
2008 The War Won

Performance and Special Class Awards[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1960 Harry Belafonte Tonight with Belafonte (The Revlon Revue) Won First African-American to win this category.
Category was known as Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program.
1961 Belafonte New York Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series.
1977 Ben Vereen The Bell Telephone Jubilee Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music.
1978 Louis Gossett Jr. The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen-His Roots Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music.
1983 Leontyne Price Leontyne Price, Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic (Live from Lincoln Center) Won Second African-American to win this category.
Michael Jackson Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Nominated
Richard Pryor Nominated
1984 Debbie Allen Live...And in Person Nominated
Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live Nominated
1985 Gregory Hines Motown Returns to the Apollo Nominated
Patti LaBelle Nominated
1986 Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (Great Performances) Nominated
Whitney Houston The 28th Annual Grammy Awards Won Third African-American to win this category.
Sarah Vaughan Nominated
Debbie Allen An All Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominated
Stevie Wonder Nominated
1988 Ray Charles Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration Nominated
1991 Damon Wayans In Living Color Nominated
Keenen Ivory Wayans Nominated
1992 Natalie Cole Unforgettable, with Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole (Great Performances) Nominated
1994 Whoopi Goldberg The 66th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
1996 The 68th Annual Academy Awards Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Performance for a Variety or Music Program.
Comic Relief VII Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Performance for a Variety or Music Program.
1999 Chris Rock The Chris Rock Show Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
2000 Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker Nominated
2001 Wayne Brady Whose Line Is It Anyway? Nominated
2002 Nominated
2003 Won Fourth African-American to win this category.
2005 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1981 Sarah Vaughan Rhapsody and Song-A Tribute to George Gershwin Won
1982 Andre De Shields Ain't Misbehavin' Won
Nell Carter Won
Gregory Hines I Love Liberty Nominated


Casting[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting[edit]

Outstanding Casting
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1997 Robi Reed The Tuskegee Airmen Won the first African American to win this category.

Choreography[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1976 Lester Wilson Lola! Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.
1977 Donald McKayle Minstrel Man Nominated
1980 Lester Wilson Uptown-A Musical Comedy History of Harlem's Apollo Nominated
1981 Sixty Years of Seduction Nominated
1982 Debbie Allen Fame Won
1983 Won
Lester Wilson Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Nominated
1984 Debbie Allen Fame Takes a Look at Music ‘83 Nominated
1985 Fame Nominated
1989 The Debbie Allen Special Nominated
1990 Polly (The Magical World of Disney) Nominated
1991 Motown 30: What's Goin' On! Won
George Faison The Josephine Baker Story Nominated
Lester Wilson America's Dance Honors Nominated
1992 Comic Relief V Nominated
Debbie Allen The 64th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
1993 The 65th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
1995 The 67th Annual Academy Awards Nominated
1996 Travis Payne, LaVelle Smith 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Nominated
1999 Judith Jamison Dance in America: A Hymn for Alvin Ailey (Great Performances) Won
Debbie Allen The 71st Annual Academy Awards Nominated
2008 Shane Sparks So You Think You Can Dance Nominated

Costume Design[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Programming
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2016 Paul Tazewell The Wiz Live! Won

Directing[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1993 Eric Laneuville Dream On Nominated
2009 Millicent Shelton 30 Rock Nominated
2010 Paris Barclay Glee Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1984 Thomas Carter Hill Street Blues Nominated
1985 Nominated
1989 Midnight Caller Nominated
Eric Laneuville L.A. Law Nominated
1990 Thomas Carter Equal Justice Won
1991 Won
1992 Eric Laneuville I'll Fly Away Won
1993 Nominated
1998 Paris Barclay NYPD Blue Won
1999 Won
2002 The West Wing Nominated
2014 Carl Franklin House of Cards Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1995 Lloyd Richards The Piano Lesson (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or a Special.
2000 Charles S. Dutton The Corner Won Category was known as Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
2005 George C. Wolfe Lackawanna Blues Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
2015 Dee Rees Bessie Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Directing for Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
2016 Anthony Hemingway The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (Manna From Heaven) Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special.
John Singleton The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (The Race Card) Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1989 Debbie Allen The Debbie Allen Special Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program.
2016 Chris Rock Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Nominated
Beyoncé Knowles Carter Lemonade Nominated

Music[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1977 Quincy Jones Roots Won First African-American to win this category.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Year Name Show Song Status Milestone
1985 Debbie Allen Motown Returns to the Apollo Nominated
1990 Michael Jackson (composer and lyricist) Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration "You Were There" Nominated
1997 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (composer) Centennial Olympic Games: Opening Ceremonies "The Power of the Dream" Nominated
2008 Jordan Peele MADtv "Sad Fitty Cent" Nominated

Producer[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2007 Jacqueline Glover, Spike Lee, Samuel D. Pollard When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts Won
Stanley Nelson Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (American Experience) Nominated
2009 Jacqueline Glover Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery Nominated
2010 Forest Whitaker Brick City Nominated
2011 Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant Freedom Riders Won
2015 Rashida Jones Hot Girls Wanted Nominated
2016 Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Independent Lens) Nominated
Jacqueline Glover Jim: The James Foley Story Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Programming (One Hour or Less)[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Programming (One Hour or Less)
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1999 Larry Wilmore The PJs Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2000 Kevin Hooks The Color of Friendship Won
2005 Michael Carrington That's So Raven Nominated
2007 Nominated
2011 Jacqueline Glover A Child's Garden of Poetry Won
2013 A YoungArts Masterclass Nominated
2014 Wynton Marsalis - A YoungArts Masterclass Nominated
2015 Alan Alda And The Actor Within You: A YoungArts Masterclass Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1987 Winifred Hervey The Golden Girls Won
1988 Nominated
2016 Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, E. Brian Dobbins, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Courtney Lilly, Peter Saji, Jennifer Rice-Genzuk Henry black-ish Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1998 Jacqueline Glover, Spike Lee, Samuel D. Pollard, Daphne McWilliams 4 Little Girls Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Non-Fiction Special.
2000 Jacqueline Glover American Hollow Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Non-Fiction Special.
2003 Jacqueline Glover, Donna Brown Guillaume Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Traditional).
2010 Jacqueline Glover Teddy: In His Own Words Won
2012 Gloria: In Her Own Words Nominated
2014 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley Nominated
Oprah Winfrey Running from Crazy Nominated
2015 Samuel D. Pollard Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1998 Paris Barclay NYPD Blue Nominated
1999 Nominated
2006 Shonda Rhimes Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special[edit]

The award was established in 2013 as the awards restructured previous categories for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Outstanding Informational Series was also awarded prior to 1998, but from 1998-2012 was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1993 Oprah Winfrey (executive producer) Michael Jackson Talks to... Oprah Live Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Informational Special.
1995 Debra Martin Chase (executive producer), Denzel Washington (executive producer) Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Informational Special.
2001 St. Clair Bourne (executive producer), Cecil Cox (executive producer), Jacqueline Glover (supervising producer), Craig Laurence Rice (executive producer), Denzel Washington (producer) Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Informational Special.
2013 Oprah Winfrey (executive producer) Oprah's Master Class Nominated
2015 Neil deGrasse Tyson (executive producer/host) StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson Nominated
2016 Nominated
Morgan Freeman (executive producer/host) The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1989 Suzanne de Passe Lonesome Dove Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Miniseries
Oprah Winfrey The Women of Brewster Place Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Miniseries
1993 Suzanne de Passe, Jermaine Jackson The Jacksons: An American Dream Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Miniseries
1995 Suzanne de Passe Buffalo Girls Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Miniseries
1999 The Temptations Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Miniseries
2000 David Mills The Corner Won Category was known as Outstanding Miniseries
2015 John Ridley American Crime Nominated
2016 Nominated
Anthony Hemingway The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won
LeVar Burton Roots Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1995 August Wilson The Piano Lesson (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated
1997 Laurence Fishburne Miss Evers' Boys Won
1998 Thomas Carter Don King: Only in America Won
2000 Halle Berry Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Nominated
Oprah Winfrey Tuesdays with Morrie Won
2003 Forest Whitaker Door to Door Won
2005 Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Lackawanna Blues Nominated
2008 Susan Batson, Sean Combs A Raisin in the Sun Nominated
2014 Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Television Movie.
2015 Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere Bessie Won Category was known as Outstanding Television Movie.
David Oyelowo Nightingale Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Television Movie.
2016 Kerry Washington Confirmation Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Television Movie.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2013 Beyoncé Knowles Carter Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé Nominated
2015 Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Key & Peele Presents Van And Mike: The Ascension Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2009 Whoopi Goldberg The 62nd Annual Tony Awards Nominated
2012 LL Cool J The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominated
2015 Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter Beyoncé And JAY Z On The Run Nominated
Audra McDonald Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center) Won
2016 Chris Rock The Oscars Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2016 LL Cool J Lip Sync Battle Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2016 W. Kamau Bell United Shades of America Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2000 Chris Rock The Chris Rock Show Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
2001 Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2015 Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Key & Peele Nominated
2016 Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1969 Bill Cosby The Bill Cosby Special Won Category was known as Outstanding Variety or Musical Program.
1983 Suzanne de Passe Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Won Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
1985 Motown Returns to the Apollo Won Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
1997 Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bring the Pain Won Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
1998 Debra Martin Chase, Whitney Houston Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (The Wonderful World of Disney) Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2000 Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2004 Chris Rock: Never Scared Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2007 Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes: Sick And Tired Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2009 Chris Rock Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2010 Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2016 Beyoncé Knowles Carter Lemonade Nominated

Sound Editing[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1991 Joe Earle Separate But Equal Nominated
1992 Joe Earle Cast a Deadly Spell Nominated
1992 Joe Earle Deadlock Nominated
1992 Joe Earle I'll Fly Away Nominated
1998 Joe Earle From the Earth to the Moon Nominated
1999 Joe Earle Storm of the Century Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1998 Joe Earle Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Nominated

Sound Mixing[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2008 Joe Earle Dexter Nominated
2009 Joe Earle Glee Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2001 Joe Earle Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific Nominated
2012 Joe Earle American Horror Story Nominated
2013 Joe Earle American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated
2014 Joe Earle American Horror Story: Coven Nominated
2015 Joe Earle American Horror Story: Freak Show Nominated
2016 Joe Earle The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won

Writing[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2002 Larry Wilmore The Bernie Mac Show Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1996 David Mills NYPD Blue Nominated
1997 Nominated
2006 Shonda Rhimes Grey's Anatomy Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1995 August Wilson The Piano Lesson (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special.
2000 David Mills The Corner Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie.
2015 Dee Rees Bessie Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
John Ridley American Crime (Episode One) Nominated
2016 Joe Robert Cole The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (The Race Card) Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1971 Flip Wilson The Flip Wilson Show Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music.
1992 Larry Wilmore In Living Color Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
1997 Chris Rock Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
1998 Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes The Chris Rock Show Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
1999 Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
2000 Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
2001 Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
2009 Wyatt Cenac The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
2010 Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
2011 Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
2012 Won
2014 Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Key & Peele Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Nominated
Michael Che Saturday Night Live Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1997 Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bring the Pain Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.
2000 Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
2004 Chris Rock: Never Scared Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
2009 Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger Won Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2010 Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me Nominated Category was known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
2015 Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Key & Peele Super Bowl Special Nominated