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The Emmy Awards are an annually occurring awards presentation which honors the best in television from the previous year. These awards are broken up a few different televised events and a number of smaller non-televised presentations, the most popular of which being the Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Daytime Emmy Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Both acadamies present a large precentage of their awards in a second ceremony dedicated to the less prestigious creative arts. The primetime version is televised on cable while the daytime version can only be seen via webcast. The National Academy also presents emmys in four different programming categories: sports, news & documentary, business & finacial, and humanitarian & public service. In addition they give out awards honoring achievements in the technology & engineering of televsion and student television. Supplementing the national awards twenty regional emmy awards are presented nineteen of which the National Television Academy presents and one (Los Angeles) is presented by the Academy of Television. There are also emmys for international programming presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The daytime and primetime Emmy award shows are broadcast in rotation between the four major United States networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX), while the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a more subdued event, are typically broadcast on cable channels like the E! network.



The Emmy Awards first presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. At this first awards event, Shirley Dinsdale had the honor of receiving the first ever award for "Outstanding Television Personality."

The statuettes are a feminine version of the nickname "Immy," which was popularly used in reference to image orthicon tubes that were state-of-the-art in television cameras at the time. The statuette itself, a winged woman holding an atom, was designed by television engineer Louis McManus, who used his wife as a model. The symbol represents the goal of supporting the art and science of television.

Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

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