Emmys: Anthony Anderson, Jimmy Kimmel Recite "Black Lives Matter" Amid Record-Breaking Ceremony

Jimmy Kimmel - Anthony Anderson
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There are a record number of Black nominees at this year's ceremony.

Anthony Anderson and Jimmy Kimmel recited "Black Lives Matter" repeatedly together during the Emmys as a record number of Black artists were nominated in 2020.

The Black-ish actor took the stage at the Staples Center for a comedy bit centered on how the 2020 Emmys would have been an amazing ceremony for Black nominees and viewers, had the audience been able to be there in person. When he took the stage to announce a new set of Emmy nominees, the actor launched into a monologue that Kimmel pretended was unrehearsed. "These Emmys would have been NBA All-Star Weekend and Wakanda all wrapped into one. This was supposed to be the Blackest Emmys ever," Anderson said. "Y'all wouldn't have been able to handle how Black it was going to be. But because of COVID we can't even get in the building," he said. (This year's Emmys were filmed partially in person at Los Angeles' Staples Center and partially remotely.)

Anderson continued, "These Emmys would have been so Black, it would have been hot-sauce-in-your-purse Black. It would have been Howard-University-Homecoming Black. It would have been you-fit-the-description Black. We would have had speeches quoting our great poets like Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Cardi B," he said, before mentioning the latter's and Megan Thee Stallion's 2020 hit "WAP" and being bleeped out on network television, presumably for quoting the song and/or explaining what the acronym means.

"Instead of that sexy melanated energy, here I am, in a sterilized green room, trying not to sneeze on a llama," Anderson said. (Kimmel corrected him that the animal, which appeared earlier in the broadcast, was an alpaca.)

Though Anderson was disappointed in how the night turned out, he said, "I'm still rooting for everyone Black. Because Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter. Say it with me, Jimmy," he said, as the two recited the phrase louder and louder. "That's right, and because Black lives matter, Black people will stay at home tonight to be safe. Which is fine, because guess what? Y'all don't know how to light us anyway."

The 72nd annual Emmy Awards aired at 5 p.m. PT on ABC and were hosted by Kimmel.