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Longtime Daytime categories will no longer be separate.

It’s never too early to talk the Daytime Emmy Awards, and Soaps.com has a major change alert for next year’s 47th annual event. Variety has learned that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will take a step toward eliminating gender-specific categories by no longer separating the Outstanding Younger Actor and Outstanding Younger Actress categories. Much like the Outstanding Guest-Performer category, beginning in 2020, the Outstanding Younger Actor/Actress category will be combined into one. All younger actors and actresses from Bold and The Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Young and the Restless under the age of 25 will be able to enter.

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This specific category first debuted during the 12th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1985 and included soap opera actors over the age of twenty-five. As the World Turns alum Brian Bloom won for his role playing Dusty Donovan. In fact, Bloom was only fifteen years old at the time, which made him the youngest actor to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. The category was originally labeled Outstanding Young Man or Outstanding Juvenile Male in a Drama Series and didn’t convert into its current title until 1991. Last year’s Younger Actor and Actress winners included Days of our Lives’ Kyler Pettis (Theo Carver) and General Hospital’s Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome).

As Variety noted, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ decision surrounding gender-inclusive categories follows MTV dropping gender-specific categories for its annual movie, television and video awards. Also included when discussing the change was a past letter written to the Los Angeles-based organization, affiliated with the Primetime Emmys, by Billions’ Asia Kate Dillon. Being the first gender nonbinary performer to play a nonbinary character, a clarification of gender distinctions was requested by Dillon, “I’d like to know if in your eyes ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first place??”

Soaps.com will keep readers updated on any future changes or Daytime Emmy Awards news.