Zendaya Makes Emmy History *Again* By Becoming The Youngest Producer Nominee

The 2022 Emmy nominations include a lot of historic firsts for Zendaya, Quinta Brunson, and more Black actors.

There’s no stopping Zendaya! The 25-year-old made history yet again by becoming the youngest producer to be nominated for an Emmy. She owes this historic first to her work as an executive producer on Euphoria. The show scored 16 nominations in total for the 2022 Emmy Awards.

It also marks Zendaya’s second nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of Rue Bennett in the HBO teen drama. In 2020, she became the youngest actor to win in the category. 

“Making this show with this cast and crew of the most incredibly talented people that I get the privilege of learning from everyday has been a highlight of my life. I’m so proud to work beside you and congratulations!” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I don’t have the words to express the love and gratitude I feel right now, all I can do is say thank you with all my heart! Thanks to everyone who connected with our show, it is an honor to share it with you.”

Zendaya thanked Sam Levinson, the creator of Euphoria, as well as Labrinth and Marcell Rév, the show’s filmographer. “We out here Emmy nominated again y’all!!!” she added.

The 25-year-old was also nominated twice for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Zendaya contributed to lyrics on Euphoria’s original songs, “Elliot’s Song” and “I’m Tired.” This makes her the first Black woman to earn Emmy nominations for acting and songwriting in the same year, according to Decider.

The 2022 Emmy nominations included other historic firsts. Quinta Brunson landed three nominations for Abbott Elementary, which was selected for outstanding comedy series, lead actress in a comedy, and writing for a comedy series. She is the youngest Black woman to be nominated in the comedy acting category at 32 years old, according to NBC News.

“Still speechless. Congrats to the entire staff and cast of Abbott Elementary. And I want to share this moment with all of the people who watch and love the show. Emmy nominated, baby!” Brunson tweeted.

Singer and songwriter Lizzo was also nominated for her Amazon Prime series Watch Out For The Big Grrrls. The show landed 7 nominations, for outstanding competition program, outstanding directing for a reality program, outstanding casting for a reality program, outstanding cinematography for a reality program, outstanding editing for a competition program and outstanding sound mixing.

“We didn’t do this for awards, we did this for ourselves. For the lives we touched making this… To shake up the industry.. and show the world how beautiful and talented we are!” Lizzo wrote on Instagram.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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