Kelly Clarkson Wins Twice at 2021 Daytime Emmy Awards

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Kelly Clarkson accepts the award for outstanding entertainment talk show host during the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on June 25, 2021

Clarkson has now won as many Daytime Emmys (three) as she has Grammys.

Kelly Clarkson won twice at the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which aired Friday (June 25) on CBS. The syndicated The Kelly Clarkson Show took outstanding talk show, entertainment, in its second season. Clarkson also won outstanding entertainment talk show host, an award she won last year too.

In the series category, Clarkson’s show beat The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which had won eight times in the category, including the last two years in a row.

Clarkson has now won as many Daytime Emmys (three) as she has Grammys, even though she has been a recording star much longer (since 2002).

Clarkson accepted her awards remotely in what appeared to be an office kitchen. (The awards show was mostly virtual, though a few winners accepted in person.) Clarkson thanked her producers for developing “heartfelt stories” and also her band for backing her in the Kellyoke segment which has become one of the show’s most popular features.

Sheryl Underwood, co-host of CBS’ The Talk, hosted the Daytime Emmys for the fifth time.

Red Table Talk won outstanding informative talk show, beating, among others, Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Jada Pinkett Smith co-hosts Red Table Talk with her daughter, "Whip My Hair" hitmaker Willow Smith, and her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Gloria Estefan co-hosts Red Table Talk: The Estefans with her daughters Emily and Lili Estefan. Both shows air on Facebook Watch.

In accepting the award, Jada Pinkett Smith said the success of the show demonstrates the need for perseverance. “Red Table Talk sat on the shelf for seven years. …Never give up.”

CBS Sunday Morning, which frequently runs profiles of top music artists, won outstanding morning show. The show’s host, Jane Pauley, formerly co-hosted NBC’s Today show, one of the other nominees in this category.

The Daytime Emmys included tributes to three TV legends who died in the past year: Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and Larry King. First lady Dr. Jill Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were surprise guests in the tribute to Trebek (who was born in Canada). Robin Roberts and actor Ken Jeong also participated in the Trebek tribute. Kathie Lee Gifford saluted her longtime colleague Philbin. Martha Stewart remembered King, whose long-running talk show on CNN featured countless music stars "for the full hour," to use King's well-worn phrase.

Trebek and King also won posthumous competitive awards. Trebek won outstanding game show host for Jeopardy! His children Matt and Emily accepted the award. King won outstanding informative talk show host for Larry King Now. His sons Chance and Cannon accepted the award.

Diamond White, a star of The Bold and the Beautiful, sang an original song over the In Memoriam spot. The sequence included Perry Botkin Jr., who composed the instrumental piece that has served as the theme from The Young and the Restless since that soap opera debuted in 1973. (It was popularized as “Nadia’s Theme,” a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.) Unfortunately, Botkin, who died in January at age 87, was shown as Blotkin in the In Memoriam roll.

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in daytime programming since 1974. The awards are presented to individuals and programs broadcast between 2 a.m. and 6 p.m., as well as certain categories of digital and syndicated programming of similar content.

Nominees in the children's programming and animation and lifestyle programming categories will be announced on June 28. Winners will be announced on July 17 (children’s programming and animation) and July 18 (lifestyle programming).

Here’s a partial list of winners from the 48th annual Daytime Emmys:

Outstanding game show: Jeopardy!, syndicated

Outstanding morning show: CBS Sunday Morning, CBS

Outstanding informative talk show: Red Table Talk, Facebook Watch

Outstanding entertainment talk show: The Kelly Clarkson Show, syndicated

Outstanding entertainment news program: Entertainment Tonight, syndicated

Outstanding daytime non-fiction special: Creators for Change on Girls’ Education with
Michelle Obama, YouTube Originals

Outstanding game show host: Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!, syndicated

Outstanding informative talk show host: Larry King, Larry King Now, Ora TV

Outstanding entertainment talk show host: Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show, syndicated

Outstanding music direction and composition for a daytime program: The Letter for the King, Brandon Campbell, composer, Netflix

Outstanding original song: “Unsaid Emily,” Julie and the Phantoms, Michelle Lewis & Dan Petty, composers & lyricists, Netflix