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BET and Daytime Emmys preview at-home awards shows to come

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

BET Awards 2020 - Jennifer Hudson performance. (Photo: BET)

The show must go on, and the Daytime Emmys and BET Awards both did with virtual at-home presentations over the weekend. Those telecasts provided additional clarity about the form award shows will take in the near future -- a passable if imperfect solution to the logistics of the coronavirus pandemic, with obvious drawbacks but some notable strengths.

(CNN)The show must go on, and the Daytime Emmys and BET Awards both did with virtual at-home presentations over the weekend.

Those telecasts provided additional clarity about the form award shows will take in the near future -- a passable if imperfect solution to the logistics of the coronavirus pandemic, with obvious drawbacks but some notable strengths.

For starters, it's not like award shows represent a flawless genre.

Awards in the age of coronavirus don't provide much of that -- sacrificing the rush that goes with the thrill of victory, broadcast live.

The absence of an audience sapped what would have been emotional, crowd-pleasing moments, such as Alex Trebek accepting his award for "Jeopardy!" amid his battle with cancer.

Most of the major award shows -- including the Oscars and Golden Globes -- have postponed their dates by a few months in 2021, hoping they'll be able to employ more traditional presentations.

Yet with the Emmys coming up in September, these latest telecasts -- coupled with what's been learned from other at-home specials during the coronavirus outbreak -- seemingly provide a workable blueprint for other awards until that's possible.

During those awards, "Sesame Street" executive producer Benjamin Lehmann closed his acceptance speech for the long-running children's program by saying hopefully, "Next year in person?"

Until then, these award shows demonstrated that it's possible to get through the process in a way that honors the recipients and potentially engages an audience -- just in a different manner, for a very different time.

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