How to stream the 2021 Emmys live

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There’s been plenty of buzz about the 2021 Emmys ever since the nominations were announced in July. Unlike 2020’s mostly virtual ceremony, the 73rd annual Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) on Sunday September 19, 2021.

Wondering how to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards? Here’s everything you need to know.

When are the 2021 Emmys?

The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards show will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 19. This year’s awards show will be hosted by popular actor Cedric the Entertainer and streamed live on CBS and Paramount+.

Emmys on CBS: Stream live with Paramount+

You can live stream the Emmys on your phone, tablet, or streaming media console with the Paramount+ app, which also offers a 7-day free trial.

The Paramount+ app is available for iOS and Android, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, PS4, Xbox, and more. You can use ExpressVPN on all of these devices.

Viewing requirements are more or less the same as watching from the website:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to an ExpressVPN server location in the U.S.
  3. Sign in to your Paramount+ account
  4. Stream away!

If you need help using ExpressVPN with any of these devices, check out the step-by-step tutorials in ExpressVPN’s Support Center.

Live stream the Emmys on other cord-cutting services

You can also stream CBS on other cord-cutting services in the U.S., such as Youtube TVHulu with Live TV, and fuboTV. Many of these services offer free trials that you can take advantage of.

Simply log in or register an account with them and start streaming the Emmy Awards (you may need to select a TV service provider).

Who are the 2021 Emmy nominees?

As demand for online streaming surged last year, it’s no surprise that there’s been an uptick in awards-worthy programming. Traditional powerhouse HBO (and its streaming platform HBO Max) are leading the pack with a staggering total of 130 nominations, with Netflix just behind with 129 nominations. Disney Plus scored 71 nominations this year—a significant jump in just its second year of eligibility—while Apple TV+ also roared to 35 nominations, thanks mostly to its beloved series Ted Lasso. The American-British sports comedy broke an all-time record in 2021, becoming the most-nominated freshman comedy series in Emmy history with 20 nominations!

Popular shows The Crown and The Mandalorian both tied for the most-nominated series with 24 nominations apiece, while Disney’s WandaVision followed up with 23.

Want to binge-watch these series before the Emmys? Find out how you can watch the nominated shows on Netflix, HBO, Apple TV+, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and other U.S. networks.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Pose (FX/Hulu)
This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Hacks (HBO)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
PEN15 (Hulu)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
WandaVision (Disney Plus)

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-recorded)

8:46 – Dave Chappelle (YouTube)
Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)
Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)
Hamilton (Disney Plus)
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment (HBO)
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mj Rodriguez, Pose
Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Kenan Thompson, Kenan (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, Shrill (Hulu)
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Jean Smart, Hacks

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, WandaVision
Hugh Grant, The Undoing (HBO)
Ewan McGregor, Halston (Netflix)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha (Nat Geo)
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Lithgow, Perry Mason
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s Tale
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country
Emerald Fennell, The Crown
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso
Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method
Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live (NBC/Hulu)
Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown
Anthony Ramos, Hamilton

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown
Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

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