STEPHEN COLBERT TOOK A “CHANCE” AT THE EMMYS
COLBERT’S EMMY OPENING TURNED INTO A RAP MUSICAL STARRING CHANCE THE RAPPER
Sunday night was the Emmy awards which were hosted by the fantastical Stephen Colbert. True to Colbert fashion, his opening monologue ended in a musical number. Not only is a musical number expected at the Emmys, Colbert himself has become known for musical performances on his Emmy nominated show (Late Show with Stephen Colbert).
With the list of nominees including shows helmed by different ethnicities and even airing on different platforms than TV, the opening song was strangely welcoming as a breath of fresh air from previous scandals (Oscars so White comes to mind). At the same time, political topics were the main target of the number with Colbert directly stating “turn on any channel well except the news” or that “”even treason’s better on TV”.
If the jabs at today’s society weren’t direct enough, Chance the Rapper was brought in for one verse that really hit the point home. With lyrics like “television is a pleasant distraction but just imagine taking action” and “where’s the cop show when one gets convicted”, Chance was pretty clear with the change he wants to see in the world. Sadly, Chance was nominated for a creative Emmy earlier that night but lost to Common.
Big winners of the show included Riz Ahmed for “The Night Before”, Donald Glover for “Atlanta”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us”, Aziz Ansari for “Master of None” and John Oliver for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
You can listen to Chance’s verse in the opening below: