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2021 Emmy Awards: Cedric the Entertainer Kicks Off with Biz Markie’s Opening Monologue

2021 Emmy Awards: Cedric the Entertainer Kicks Off with Biz Markie's Opening Monologue

This yr’s Emmy Awards received off to an awesome begin. Host Cedric the Entertainer took the stage on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to open the present with a musical monologue to Biz Markie’s iconic music, “Just a Friend.” Markie handed away in July. He was 57 years previous.

Nevertheless, Cedric wasn’t the one one spitting TV-themed rhymes to the music. He additionally recruited Lil Dickie, Rita Wilson, LL Cool J and extra.

“TV, you’ve got what I would like! The group sang, as apparently everybody within the viewers joined in.

ET’s Matt Cohen chatted with Cedric days earlier than the large occasion, and the acclaimed stand-up comedian teased his grand opening.

“I wanted to enjoy some of these iconic great moments that took place on television,” he shared. “So in a very Forrest Gump way, you’ll see that Ced was actually there for the Mike Pence fly situation and I was there when Tom Brady was throwing the trophy. “

Cedric additionally shared a press release when the information first broke that he was going to host the present, and mentioned, “Since I used to be a little bit boy snuggled up subsequent to my grandmother, the tv has all the time been my dependable pal, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this yr’s Emmy Awards. “

He added: “Throughout the year-long roller coaster that we have all been through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before. Not only did it keep us entertained, but as it always has been, it helped us open our eyes, educate ourselves, and hopefully better understand who we are as a people. I can’t wait to take the stage to celebrate all the great shows and performances that have made us laugh, cry, dance and sing over the past year. “

And whereas talking with ET’s Kevin Frazier on the mat proper earlier than the present, Cedric mentioned the opening quantity – that includes certainly one of his District co-stars – was certain to be “dope”.

“It’s gonna be fun, man. We’re going super energetic tonight. We’re paying a little tribute to one of the great hip hop artists,” he teased.

The Primetime Emmy Awards 2021, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, aired dwell Sunday, September 19 on CBS and Paramount +. For full Emmy protection, keep tuned to ETonline.com.