Why Did These Celebrities Skip the Emmys This Year?

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The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards took place on Sunday night and was full of memorable moments. The night’s biggest winners were The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, Mare of Easttown, I May Destroy You, and Ted Lasso. But with all this excitement, we couldn’t help but notice some important faces were missing. Here are the celebrities who chose to skip the Emmys this year.


Rihanna’s absence from the Emmys was surprising considering the fact she was nominated for her Savage x Fenty vol. 2 show. The Amazon Prime special was up for Outstanding Choreography For Variety Or Reality Programming. However, Rihanna chose to spend that weekend on the opposite side of the country with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky. In a 2019 interview, Riri shared that being creative is what keeps her going, rather than the ‘glamorous’ side of things.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston made it clear in advance that she will not be attending this year’s Emmy Awards due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Aniston was nominated with the Friends team for Best Variety Special (pre-recorded) for the Friends reunion. The actress has been vocal about how much she is doing to protect herself after getting her vaccine and noted that even being on the Jimmy Kimmel show last week was a big step for her.


This is the second time Zendaya was absent from a major event recently: last week the actress skipped the Met Gala because she was shooting the second season of Euphoria. Last year’s winner in the Best Actress in a drama series category’s choice to skip the Emmys isn’t too surprising considering the show was only nominated for non-acting categories.