Sheryl Lee Ralph Wins Supporting Comedy Actress Emmy: This Is What Believing Looks Like

Sheryl Lee Ralph won the Emmy award for supporting comedy actress on Monday night. For playing Barbara Howard in “Abbott Elementary,” this was not only the veteran actor’s first ever Emmy win, but her first nomination.

Ralph was clearly shocked to win the award, at first unable to stand when her name was called. After being lifted up by her husband and castmates, she took the stage to accept her award, which was presented by Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler.

Ralph opened her speech by singing “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves: “I am an endangered species / But I sing no victim’s song / I am a woman I am an artist / And I know where my voice belongs.”

“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” she continued. “This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you. Because if you get a Quinta Brunson in your corner, if you get a husband like mine in your corner, if you get children like mine in your corner, and if you get friends like everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me … thank you, thank you!”

In the audience, Ralph’s son and daughter hugged each other and jumped up and down, celebrating their mother’s win.

This is the second Emmy win for “Abbott Elementary,” which took home the award for comedy casting at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 4. Created by Brunson, the ABC comedy is up for four more awards Monday night: supporting comedy actor (Tyler James Williams), lead comedy actress (Brunson), comedy writing (Brunson) and comedy series.

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