Longtime Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph made history at this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Rudolph became the first woman to win a consecutive Emmy in an award of the same category, as well as becoming the third Black woman in Emmy history to earn back-to-back victories, via Deadline.
Rudolph won her second consecutive award this year for Outstanding Character Voice-Over for her role as Connie the Hormone Monster in Netflix’s Big Mouth. Her second victory was for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live.
“Wow that’s amazing,” she told reporters according to Deadline. “I feel honored to be part of something like that. I feel like this Emmy is very fitting in that it’s for something that feels like such a personal achievement. It’s for hosting my childhood love and dream and at a place in my life I finally realized it’s what I do best, and what makes me happiest when I perform. I feel really honored that I’m part of a legacy as the third woman of color to achieve that.”
Regina King (Watchmen) was the last Black woman to win consecutive Emmys for her supporting role in American Crime during the 2015 and 2016 ceremonies, following Uzo Aduba’s (Solos) back-to-back wins for Orange Is the New Black in 2014 and 2015.
Jean Smart (Designing Women) was the last woman to win consecutive Emmys for Frasier in 2000 and 2001.
The Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies took place this weekend. The Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 19 with Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood) attached as the host. The Emmys will air live on CBS.