The 2017 Emmy Awards were one of the most diverse shows to date, with 25 black nominees across the 18 television categories. But it was the Black love in the building that trumped all.
Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown wanted to thank his wife of eleven years during his acceptance speech, but unfortunately got cut off. The good news is The This Is Us actor, who won for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, picked up right where he left off backstage. “To my wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, you are everything, you make my life worth living,” he said in the press room.
Emmy nominee Anthony Anderson arrived to the awards show with his wife, Alvina Stewart, in tow. The couple, who called off their divorce back in January, appeared to be madly in love and in great spirits.
Viola Davis, clad in a stunning orange ensemble courtesy of Zac Posen, walked the red carpet arm in arm with her husband Julius Tennon.
And Lena Waithe, who won an Emmy for writing the “Thanksiging” episode of Master of None, took a moment to thank her girlfirned Alona while accepting the coveted award. “I love you more than life itself,” she confessed.
Announcer Gabrielle Union turned heads on the carpet when she arrived hand in hand with her hubby Dwyane Wade.
And finally, LL Cool J and his wife of 22 years, Simone Smith, were “doin it” (pun intended), when they hit the carpet. Talk about one “shot at love” (also pun intended) … and they nailed it.