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Biggest night of the year honors daytime and ABC, CBS and NBC soap operas.

Please note: On March 19, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that all three ceremonies, including the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards have been canceled.

On February 12, 2020 Soaps.com confirmed that there will be no Daytime Emmy Awards pre-nominations announced this year. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ SVP, Operations & Communications Paul Pillitteri shared with Soaps.com, “There is a pre-nomination round of judging but we are no longer announcing those that are chosen to move on to the “blue ribbon” second round as we have in the past. This was the unanimous request of the Daytime Drama community that we serve and as such, we decided to discontinue and honor their wishes.”

NATAS President/CEO Adam Sharp further explained to Soaps.com, “Our rules require a minimum of 14 entries in a category to proceed to a pre-nomination round of judging. Several drama performance categories did not meet this administrative threshold, and concerns were rightfully raised regarding the potential for some performance categories to undergo pre-nomination judging or announcement and others not. So in consultation with the participating programs, whose feedback was unanimous, we determined that none of these categories would proceed to a pre-nomination round.”

Stay tuned for the final nominees to be announced in April.

Also, though the ceremony dates will run Friday June 12, Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14 (details still to be determined), Variety is reporting that soap opera fans will be able to watch them on The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences new streaming service this year and years to follow. The platform is not yet named but will launch in 2020’s first quarter and will most likely have ‘Emmy’ in its title. Stay tuned for more details as they come…

On October 24, 2019, we reported, each year Soaps.com covers daytime’s annual awards show and we have some exciting news surrounding next year’s ceremony. Announced by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2020 will be divided into three award shows on Friday June 12, 2020 (most likely the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys ceremony) and then the others on Saturday June 13, 2020 and Sunday June 14, 2020 in Pasadena, California. “Categories to be presented at each program to be determined and announced at a future date.” The past few years, soap opera fans of Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Young and the Restless have been able to watch the red carpet show and live awards ceremony through various online venues such as the Daytime Emmys’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as their YouTube channel and website. Though viewing details have yet to be revealed for the 2020 event, it’s very likely the festivities will again be available online – but not televised.

“We are thrilled to add a third night of celebrating the diversity and talents of our Daytime community,” says NATAS President/CEO, Adam Sharp. Adding, “We have seen how the Television Academy’s expansion of the Primetime Creative Arts ceremonies has made room for more honorees to have their well-earned moment in the sun, and we hope to replicate their success.”

Back in August, Soaps.com reported some changes being made coming into 2020’s voting process. Soap opera actors under the age of 25 will no longer be able to separately submit to the Outstanding Younger Actor or Outstanding Younger Actress category since the Daytime Emmys Outstanding Younger Actor/Actress category will be combined into one, and actors may enter any of the acting categories as per their gender identity. There was also some behind the scenes changes announced in July for The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences New York-based leadership team with David Michaels leaving the role of Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Soaps.com will continue to update our readers as more details surrounding the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards are released and we will be back to report the pre-nominations, the final nominations and other related news such as ceremony presenters, Lifetime Achievement recipients, red carpet hosts and so much more.

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