#BlackLove Reigns Supreme at 2016 Emmy Awards


(l-r) 2016 Emmy Award winners Sterling K. Brown, Regina King and Courtney B. Vance. (Photo: Kevin Winter/ 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards)
(l-r) 2016 Emmy Award winners Sterling K. Brown, Regina King and Courtney B. Vance. (Photo: Kevin Winter/ 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards)

“black-ish” star Miles Brown, talkshow host John Oliver and the Beyhive are disappointed that Emmy nominee Beyoncé didn’t show up to the 68th Emmy Awards but the “hottest chick in the game” was still in the house.

Ryan Michelle Bathe received an epic shoutout when her hubby Sterling K. Brown praised her via a Jay Z lyric during his Emmy acceptance speech Sunday. Brown won outstanding supporting actor in a limited series for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s “The People v O.J. Simpson.”

“And contrary to popular belief, I got the hottest chick in the game rocking my chain. Ryan Michelle Bathe, you make this whole thing go. I love you,” Brown said onstage, borrowing a quote from the rapper’s 2003 hit “Public Service Announcement.”


Brown’s endearing remarks inspired his “The People v O.J. Simpson” co-star Courtney B. Vance to make a similar acknowledgement to his wife Angela Bassett when he accepted his Emmy win for outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his Johnnie Cochran portrayal.

“And last but not least, to the woman that rocks my chain: Angela Evelyn Bassett. This one is for you girl!” Vance enthusiastically stated from the stage.


Fellow Emmy winners John Oliver and Steve Moffatt, inspired by Brown and Vance’s odes to their wives, attempted to make similar references to their significant others but failed. Both men admitted they didn’t understand the “rocking my chain” reference. The fact that they or many Emmy viewers didn’t either didn’t “rocking my chain” from being the official Emmy’s tagline or stop Jay Z from trending on Twitter during the ceremony. So, even though Mrs. Carter was an Emmys no-show and “Lemonade” didn’t win any awards that night, the fact that a lyric Mr. Carter wrote about her 13 years ago has resurrected makes her a winner to many people. Beyhive members rejoice.

#BlackLove acceptance speeches aside, these two wins were deserved as anyone who’s watched “The People v O.J. Simpson” can attest. That’s why the series garnered nine Emmy wins last night.

Regina King also won big. The former child star took home her second best supporting actress in a limited series Emmy for the ABC anthology drama “American Crime.”

“I play a different person on the same show…You’re looking to see me but you’re supposed to see someone else. I think that was a big challenge for us all: to be honest with the performance but also be a different women and you believe that she was a different woman. And she was quite different,” King said to reporters after her win.

She ain’t lying. Her character, Terri Lacroix, is an image-conscious, pushy wife and overprotective mother who’d get on your nerves unlike Aliyah Shadeed, the devoutly religious woman determined to help her incarcerated brother. Her 2015 Emmy win was for playing Shadeed. The series is the brainchild of “Twelve Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley.


Though many people’s faves didn’t win (Bey’s “Lemonade” took home none of the four Emmy nominations it received), there are plenty of others to celebrate in addition to the three I mentioned.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele won outstanding variety sketch series Emmys for “Key & Peele;” Keith David won outstanding narrator for the PBS documentary “Jackie Robinson;” RuPaul won outstanding host for a reality or reality-completion program Emmy for “RuPaul’s Drag Race;” Costume designer Paul Tazewell won for outstanding costumes for a variety program Emmy for “The Wiz Live!” and Jayson Jackson won outstanding documentary for “What Happened Miss Simone?”

Watch Vance and Brown’s speeches along with more 68th Emmy Awards coverage below.

WATCH: Sterling K. Brown Acceptance Speech at the 68th Emmy Awards


WATCH: Courtney B. Vance Acceptance Speech at the 68th Emmy Awards


WATCH: Emmy Awards 2016: the Winners, the Red Carpet Looks


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