This Sunday at 8:00 PM EST the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will stream live online for the very first time. Comedian Kathy Griffin will host this year's ceremony but the details are still being ironed out as to which actors will present the awards, and it seems as though such details including finding a network to televise on have become harder with each passing year.
Soaps.com will be on the red carpet in Los Angeles, California and will live blog the ceremony to bring our readers highlights and winners from the show as it happens. But that's not all… We'll follow the actors as they are getting ready and deliver video interviews surrounding their Emmy experience and plan to bring you scoops on what's ahead for their characters as well.
The very first Emmy broadcast was held at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on May 28, 1974 on NBC. Barbara Walters and Peter Marshall hosted the show, where "The Doctors" won for Outstanding Drama Series against "Days Our Of Lives" and "General Hospital." Macdonald Carey (Dr. Tom Horton, "Days Of Our Lives") won Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series over "General Hospital's" John Beradino (Dr. Steve Hardy) and Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin). Elizabeth Hubbard (Dr. Althea Davis, "The Doctors") took home the award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series against Mary Fickett (Ruth Martin, "All My Children"), Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy, "General Hospital") and Mary Stuart (Joanne Gardner, "Search For Tomorrow").
Take a look back at the first ever Daytime Emmy Awards:
Fast forwarding five years, the 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony aired on ABC, hosted by "Family Feud's" Richard Dawson on June 7, 1978. "Days Of Our Lives" was honored in the Outstanding Drama Series category over "All My Children," "Ryan's Hope" and "The Young And The Restless."
Lyman (Ann Limongello/ABC)
Needless to say, one of the most memorable moments in Daytime Emmy Awards Show history was during the 26th Annual ceremony on May 21, 1999 when after 19 nominations Susan Lucci won her very first Daytime Emmy for her "All My Children" role of Erica Kane for Outstanding Lead Actress. Relive the special moment as "Y&R's" Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters) announced the award and the actresses Lucci was up against.
As the years went on more categories were added and with the popularity of various web series these days, online actors and actresses are able to celebrate along with their shows in the web series category. Dick Clark ("American Bandstand"), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, produced the show for many years. In 1991 the live television event switched from daytime airings to primetime. Back before the switch the soaps were all pre-empted in order to air the annual daytime ceremony during the day. Would you rather watch the Daytime Emmys during the day with soaps pre-empted or televised/live-streamed in the evening? Vote below:
Soaps.com looks forward to celebrating the daytime tradition and bringing our readers scoops from the red carpet, photos and interviews, as well as spending the evening along with you live blogging from the event. Take a look back at our 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live blog and visit our Daytime Emmy Coverage section, as we bring you past Emmy coverage, fashion highlights, our Sudzies winners, predictions and more leading up to Sunday night's event!
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Header Photo Credit: Susan Lucci (CBS)
- Amy Mistretta