Here's How Zendaya Made History With Her 2022 Emmy Nomination

Zendaya scored three 2022 Emmy nominations for her role in HBO's Euphoria. Here why that’s a big deal for the 25-year-old.

By Daisy Maldonado Jul 12, 2022 5:15 PMTags
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Zendaya's latest career milestone has us feeling euphoric.

The 25-year-old has been nominated for three Emmy Awards for her work in Euphoria, receiving a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress and two more mentions for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics category for "Elliot's Song" and "I'm Tired."

And that's a BFD. Why? Well, the actress—who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series back in 2020—is the first Black woman to be nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.

Following her nomination, Zendaya spoke out on Instagram to say that making the show with "incredibly talented people" has been "a highlight of my life."

"I don't have the words to express the love and gratitude I feel right now," Zendaya wrote on July 12. "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."

But she hasn't cinched the win just yet. After all, she has some stiff competition in the Outstanding Lead Actress category, which also includes Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Laura Linney (Ozark), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), and Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show).

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Whether she takes home the trophy or not, she knows her nomination is important for her fans to see.

"There is hope in the young people out there," she while accepting her award at the 2020 show. "I know our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people. And to my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you and I thank you. And thank you so, so much."


The 2022 Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.

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