The 2022 Emmy Awards break all records! Squid Games’ Lee Jung-Jae And Hwang Dong-Hyuk’s Victory Over Zendaya Wins Best Actress For The Second Time

The 2022 Emmy Awards break all records! Squid Games’ Lee Jung-Jae and Hwang Dong-Hyuk’s win over Zendaya wins Best Actress for a second time (Photo Credit – Image by Squid Games; Euphoria/Facebook)

The 74th Emmy Awards aka Emmy Awards 2022 are over and dusted off. The night saw some of the biggest and most beloved shows compete for television’s most prestigious awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday night. While Succession took home the “Best Drama” award, the night saw some records broken.

For the uninitiated, the Emmy is considered one of America’s top four performing arts and entertainment awards – EGOT. The others that do are the Grammy – for music, the Oscar aka the Oscar – for movies, and the Tony – for drama.

While The White Lotus took home the most awards at the 2022-10 Emmy Awards, Zendaya-directed hit drama Euphoria and South Korean Squid Game tied for second place with 6 wins each. Scroll below to learn about some of the records made and broken by this year’s Emmys.

Primetime Emmy Awards Records


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Lee Jung-jae became the first South Korean actor to win in this category, winning for “Squid Game” (and also the first actor of Asian descent to do so)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Zendaya became the youngest person (26) to win major acting categories twice, winning for “Euphoria” (she had previously won the first season of “Euphoria” in 2020 and became the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 24)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Hwang Dong-hyuk became the first South Korean to win in this category with “Squid Game”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”) became the second black woman in history to win in this category, 34 years after the first winner – Jacké Harry who won for “227” in 1987


Outstanding competition program
Lizzo is halfway to EGOT after winning the Emmy as producer of her show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” in addition to having 3 Grammy Awards

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“SNL” extended two of its records – most wins and most consecutive wins in this category (previously 5, now 6)


“SNL” surpassed its record for most Primetime Emmys won by a television series (previously 86, after this year’s ceremony – 87)

Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Records
Records broken at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards which took place on September 3 and 4:

Outstanding Host of a Reality or Competition Show

RuPaul Charles extended two of its records – most wins by Outstanding Host or Reality Program or Competition (currently 7) and most consecutive wins by Outstanding Host or Reality or Competition Program (currently 7)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
weird eye broke its tie with Shark Tank (4) and became the sole record holder for most wins in that category (currently 5) and also the sole record holder for most consecutive wins in the category (5 )

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Adele approached EGOT – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner for her special “Adele: One Night Only” (she won 15 Grammy Awards, 1 Oscar and she was nominated for 3 Emmys in total – a Daytime Emmy & 2 Primetime Emmys, winning his first this year)

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
Eminem closed in on EGOT, winning the “SuperBowl Halftime Show 2022” alongside artists Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar (he won 15 Grammy Awards, 1 Oscar, and that was his first Emmy nomination)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr bonded with EGOT, winning as producer of docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back” (McCartney won 18 Grammys, Starr won 9 Grammys, and both won 1 Oscar)

Outstanding Narrator

barack obama won his first Emmy Award for Netflix’s “Our Great National Parks”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program
life below zero broke its tie with the Deadliest Catch and became the most awarded program in the category (6 wins)

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