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The Emmy Awards are, first and foremost, an opportunity to celebrate the best of the year’s television. But in between the winning speeches, there’s time for skits, songs, and audience interaction. Therefore, the show needs some celebrity presenters to keep everything moving along. Some Emmy presenters are more successful than others, but this year’s batch looks impressive. Dolly Parton, for example, is set to announce some winners. Take a look at the other celebrities who are presenting at the 2021 Emmys ceremony. 

Dolly Parton, a 2021 Emmy presenter, wears a black dress and waves.
Dolly Parton | Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Dolly Parton has already won an Emmy this year 

Parton’s appearance as a presenter comes just after she’s taken home her own award. At the Creative Arts Emmys, Parton received an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. Her Netflix film Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square snagged the singer her first-ever Emmy award. She previously received nominations for two other TV movies and for her role in Cher…Special.

Following the win, Parton tweeted her excitement. “Thanks everybody for everything,” she wrote to close the message.

A number of celebrities will present the awards

After her exciting win, Parton will appear at the Primetime Emmy Awards to hand out statues to other artists. Unlike the 2020 Emmys, this year’s ceremony will feature a live audience.

Like Parton, some presenters are also up for Emmys this year. Anthony Anderson, Stephen Colbert, Kaley Cuoco, Michael Douglas, Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez, Seth Rogen, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Bowen Yang will present in addition to being up for awards.

A number of former winners will also pass on the torch to their peers this year. Angela Bassett, Adrien Brody, Ava DuVernay, America Ferrera, Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Paulson, Amy Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kerry Washington are winners who will present this year.

Some TV fans may also be able to see their favorite cast members take the stage. The cast of Schitt’s Creek (Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy, and Catherine O’Hara) will appear after last year’s Emmys success. The cast of Reservation Dogs (Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor, Sterlin Harjo, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, and D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai) will also present. 

Though some of these Emmy presenters were not eligible for awards this year, they gave buzzworthy performances. This includes Annaleigh Ashford, Jennifer Coolidge, Beanie Feldstein, and Hailee Steinfeld.

Other impressive presenters include Awkwafina, Kate Beckinsale, Misty Copeland, Allyson Felix, Gayle King, LL Cool J, Ken Jeong, Mindy Kaling, Vanessa Lachey, Jessica Long, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Ellen Pompeo, Yara Shahidi, Wilmer Valderrama, Rita Wilson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards


2021 Emmys: Where to Stream This Year’s Nominees

Anyone looking to watch these presenters can tune into the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony will air on CBS. The E! Red Carpet coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET. The awards ceremony itself will start later in the evening at 8 p.m. ET. The awards ceremony will also be available for streaming on the Paramount+ app.