2022 Primetime Emmy Awards - Show

Sheryl Lee Ralph sings as she accepts the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for "Abbott Elementary" at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

As a kindergarten teacher on "Abbott Elementary," she can get an unruly class to sit up and listen. And that's exactly what Sheryl Lee Ralph did at the Emmys — capturing the attention of a packed theater and a global TV audience with a stirring acceptance speech for the ages.

It was the first Emmy (and nomination) for stage and screen veteran Ralph, at 66, and she made the most of it, delivering the ultimate feel-good moment of an Emmy show that sometimes felt flat or uneven, despite the well-known comic talents of host Kenan Thompson and the return of a pre-pandemic crowd.

It was a show that rewarded previous winners in several major categories. "Succession" and "Ted Lasso," the big winners in drama and comedy, were repeat winners, as were a number of actors.

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