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Although we’re still a few months off from official award season, the Primetime Emmy Awards always provide the perfect taste of glam to hold us over. Airing this Sunday, television’s finest actors and actresses will file into the Beverly Hilton Hotel to receive their accolades and hopefully indulge in a good party at the 67th annual event.

Before The Show

The awards don’t begin until 8 p.m. ET on FOX. However E! News' red carpet will have audiences tuned in at 4:30. Award predictions, fashion predictions and behind-the-scenes exclusives are likely to be featured on the red carpet pre-show and show.

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Red Carpet aficionado Giuliana Rancic will resume her well-deserved spot on the E! platform, hopefully alongside the Mani Cam, which usually gives celebs an interesting break from answering questions. 

Hosting Duties

SNL veteran and Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Andy Samberg will host this year’s show. A tough gig, the comedian hopes to bring his own unique touch to the show. He told Variety this week, “I wouldn’t try to emulate what they do because everyone has a different shade of comedy, but I was able to glean a bit of what works over not.” He continued, “It’s usually a pretty positive room, which works for me because I’m generally a fairly positive comedy style. I’m going to try to keep the energy up and keep it light and silly and keep it moving.”

As most of the attendees can attest to, “Half of the audience is people sitting there who just didn’t win an award so you don’t want to overstay your welcome.”

Samberg himself is an award winner – the actor took home a statue in 2007 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “D*ck in a Box.” Samberg and Justin Timberlake can take credit for the eccentric number and have even admitted that the statue is indeed engraved with the words “d*ck in a box.”

Presenters

For those who can’t count on their favorite Hollywood actors to be on the stage taking home a win, there’s still hope for them to make an appearance as a presenter! Rob Lowe, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Corden and Tracee Elliss Ross are just a handful of anticipated presenters.

Also on stage presenting will be Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler (yay!), Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard and Honorable Woman’s Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Nominations

Looking just at numbers, Game of Thrones holds the highest chances of winning at least once in the evening. The series scored 24 noms in total including one for Outstanding Drama Series. Right behind Thrones with 20 nominations is American Horror Story: Freak Show. Acclaimed actress Jessica Lange earned her seventh nomination overall since starring in the chilling show. 

A staggering number — HBO alone earned 126 nominations across the board for various shows. In second place, ABC can take credit for 42 nominations. View nominations here

Dining

Feeding televisions most famous stars, all at once — a daunting task. If this year’s awards are like last year’s, Patina Catering will be preparing the evening’s delicacies for the 20th year in a row. The Patina culinary team leader, Joachim Splichal, is known for creating uniquely-infused three course meals for Hollywood’s hungriest stars.

To get an idea of how the actors will be dining on Sunday night, here’s last year’s menu: The first course was a grilled peach and heirloom tomato salad with Little Gem lettuce, candy striped figs, burrata, honey Vidalia onions, peppermint, basil, toasted Marcona almonds and fleur de sel.

Guets were then treated to a main course of a filet of beeg, Witches Finger, Cotton Candy grapes and faux bone marrow made from a hollowed out potato filled with creamy potato puree, zephyr squash, caramelized cippolini and crisp lacinato kale.

Dessert was created at the hands of pastry chef Carlos Enriquez who assembles chocolate s’mores with Alunga whipped ganache, torched marshmallow fluff, graham cracker crumble and Inaya chocolate-dipped Pop Rocks.

We’re betting the stars are hoping for the same food treatment as last year because to us, the menu is a celebration in itself.

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday September 20th at 8 p.m. on FOX. 

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It's always fun to see what our favorite celebs were up to before they hit it big. Very few celebrities make it to A-list status right off the bat, and almost every entertainer got their start in a less than glamorous role. 

With the 2015 Emmys on their way, we are taking a look back to see where a few of the nominees started their acting careers. 

Amy Poehler

She's now one of the most famous comedians on earth, but way back in the late '90s Amy Poehler was just like any other struggling actress in New York, tackling Andy Richter on the set of Conan O'Brien.

Stephen Colbert

You never know what future superstars might be popping up on those local access television commercials. Now the host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert got his start doing commercials for a bank in Nebraska. We all start somewhere, right? 

Claire Danes

Now a yearly Emmy nominee, Claire Danes has been in staring roles since the '90s. It wasn't until her Homeland days that the world got to see her true talent. Danes appeared on Letterman back in '95 when she was only 16 years old! This clip aired just before the release of Romeo & Juliet, where she played the ill-fated love interest of Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Bob Odenkirk

Known for his funny but dramatic roll in AMC's Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk has been a heavy hitter in comedy for years. Seinfeld fans might remember seeing Odenkirk play a struggling med student supported by Elaine to fulfill her dream of one day dating a doctor. 

Lena Headey

Before she played the Queen of Westeros, Lena Heady was the Queen of Sparta in the gory fantasy epic 300. The clip above shows a slightly younger Heady talking about her role in the exciting film, which is often hailed as an ambitious pioneering project in special effects technology. This role may be what led to Headey's Emmy nominated spot as the evil Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones, the most nominated show in this year's Emmy Awards. 

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When summer comes to an end and chillier temperatures take ahold of our happiness, we at least have the Emmy Awards to look forward to. It is a time of year where new television shows are launching and old favorites are back. It is also the kick-off for the red carpet season and the first of many awards shows. Now we know who is going to be hitting LA's Beverly Hilton stage come September 20th. 

Here are the nominations for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Drama Series: 
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange Is The New Black

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Live Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Outstanding Comedy Series:
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Julie Bown, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Gaby Hoffman, Transparent
Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Portlandia 
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Television Movie
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case

Bessie

Grace Of Monaco 

Hello Ladies: The Movie 

Killing Jesus 

Nightingale

Outstanding Limited Series
American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Olive Kitteridge

The Honorable Woman

Wolf Hall

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Adrien Brody, Houdini
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Timothy Hutton, American Crime
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Alda, The Blacklist
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
F. Murray Abraham, Homeland
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Mel Brooks, The Comedians
Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Gaby Hoffmann, Girls
Pamela Adlon, Louie
Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Richard Cabral, American Crime
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Mo'Nique, Bessie
Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Americans, "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Better Call Saul, "Five-O"
Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy"
Mad Men, "Lost Horizon"
Mad Men, "Person to Person"

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Episodes, "Episode 409"
The Last Man on Earth, "Alive in Tucson"
Louie, "Bobby's House"
Silicon Valley, "Two Days of the Condor"
Transparent, "Pilot"
Veep, "Election Night"

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

MythBusters

Property Brothers

Shark Tank

Undercover Boss

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Alaska: The Last Frontier

Deadliest Catch

Intervention

Million Dollar Listing New York

Naked and Afraid

Wahlburgers

Outstanding Variety Special
Bill Maher: Live from D.C.

The Kennedy Center Honors

Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

Outstanding Special Class Program
Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

The Oscars

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)

68th Annual Tony Awards

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With the Emmy Awards airing next month and actor and comedian Andy Samberg headed to host the star-studded event, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and take a look at the best hosts from the Emmys. One thing's for sure - Samberg has some pretty big shoes to fill! 

1. Ellen DeGeneres 

Ellen DeGeneres handled the Emmy Awards with grace and humor back when she hosted the show post-9/11. She also killed it when she reprised the role in 2005. Not surprisingly, DeGeneres was also amazing hosting the Oscars (Remember that epic selfie?)

2. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris did not disappoint when he entertained the audience in 2009 with a pretty great singing and dancing routine! 

3. Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien has always shone as the host of the Emmys (and is a personal favorite). It's not surprising he's been invited back to host many, many times.  

4. Johnny Carson

TV legend Johnny Carson hosted the Emmy Awards from 1971 through 1974, and many argue that he has no competition in that arena. David Letterman did a tribute to him when he hosted the Emmys back in 2005.

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5. Jimmy Fallon 

Jimmy Fallon pretty much knocked it out of the park in  2010 with plenty of celebrity cameos and an epic musical number!

 Who's your favorite Emmy Awards host? Where do you think Andy Samberg will rank this year?

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Our brain is still hurting from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. Close your eyes, and you can still see Miley’s rainbow patterned pasties swirling around in your head. It’s a lot to take in, so here are the top five moments from one of the craziest award shows in history. 

Taylor & Nicki Squashed Their Beef

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We knew it wouldn’t last. Although these two powerhouse chicks were at each other’s throats via Twitter about a month ago, their beef was squashed with what better song than “Bad Blood”? Although their feud was laid to rest on social media, this performance officially ended the rumor mill. Watching Taylor and Nicki hug it out set the perfect tone for the night ahead, even if the night took us places we never thought we’d be.

…Then Nicki Slammed Miley On Stage

Arguably the most cringe worthy moment of the night (it’s legitimately hard to choose), was when Nicki Minaj approached the stage to accept her award from Rebel Wilson for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda.” At first, Nicki couldn’t even really walk up by herself because her award-winning booty was anchoring her down with her nearly naked dress.

A really nice intro, Minaj promoted female independence and even thanked her pastor for her win. Then four seconds of silence later, Minaj shot a nasty glare to host Miley Cyrus and said “Back to this b*tch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

To recap this duo's past beef, Cyrus, in an interview with the New York Times, responded to the Twitter feud between Taylor Swift and Minaj (see above.) “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite.”

Nicki didn’t exactly take last night as an opportunity to prove Miley wrong, because the whole onstage attack was uncomfortable and did not sit well with the host. Cyrus immedeitely responded, “We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate s---t. Congratuf--kinglations, Nicki.”

Moments later, Nicki tweeted “Lmfaoooooooooooo.” We’re still picking up our jaws off the floor.

Biebs Brought To Tears

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What do you mean Justin Bieber cried on stage? It’s been a long, bumpy, legally-lined road for the Biebs, who dropped his new single “What Do You Mean” last week — and his emotions got the best of him after a stellar VMA performance. 

It was Bieber’s first live performance in over two-and-a-half years and the audience was blown away with Justin as he sang “Where Are U Now” and “What Do You Mean” flying over the crowd.

The warm embrace from the audience had Justin doubled over in tears – a humbling moment. 

Yeez We Can 2020

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Kanye breaks a lot of records. And he’s now the first person in history (maybe) to announce their presidential bid while under the influence of marijuana. Six years after Kanye stampeded the stage to intercept Taylor Swift’s Video Of The Year Award, the tables were turned when Swift introduced West to received the Video Vanguard Award. In the spirit of Yeezy, Swift said, “I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time.” Swift concluded by presenting the award “to my friend, Kanye West.”

West took the stage and the universe basically collapsed from over-stimulation - so much that we dedicated a piece just to his speech

West started off with a nod to daughter North who has influenced his career and personal life since her birth in 2013. Because of little Miss West, Kanye kind of apologized to Taylor and the handful of other artists he offended along the way.

“If I had to do it all over again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience? If I had a daughter at that time would I have gone on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s?”

West continued, “The contradiction is, I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing."

And honestly, he could have stopped there. But this is Kanye West we're discussing - so no speech ends where it should. 

"Sometimes I feel like I died for the artist's opinion... You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? 'Cause it got them more ratings. You know how many times they announced that Taylor was gonna give me the award? 'Cause it got them more ratings. Listen to the kids, bro," the rapper said. 

As the audience and the world watched, both perplexed and amazed, West revealed "Y'all might be thinking right now, 'I wonder, did he smoke something before he came here?' The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something to knock the edge off. I don't know what's gonna happen tonight. I don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow, bro."

Although the speech was a little jumpy and all over the place, West concluded nicely with... what else? A presidential campaign announcement. 

 

Miley In General

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Miley actually pulled it off! Along with MTV's intentional delay, extra nipple slippage precautions and censored marijuana chatter, Cyrus hosted one of the most entertaining award shows in history. The icing on the eccentric, weed-filled cake was the free album Miley dropped at the end of the night Beyoncé style. Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is available now for your listening pleasure. It just goes to show that a half-naked twerk on Robin Thicke does pay off in the long run.

Watch our recap of the 2015 MTV VMAs here.

 

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