Eddie Murphy won his first-ever Emmy on the final night of the virtual 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The legendary actor and comedian was honoured for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his hosting time on Saturday Night Live last December.
Murphy had some great competition in the category, winning over Brad Pitt and Adam Driver, who was also up for SNL roles; Fred Willard in Modern Family (in a posthumous nomination), Dev Patel in Modern Love, and Luke Kirby for his role as Lenny Bruce in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Eddie Murphy is one of the most important comedic talents of the last few decades, a wild man who has staked an incredible claim on both stand-up and modern motion pictures.
The legendary actor wasn’t available to accept his Emmy on the virtual telecast. Murphy’s guest-starring episode marked the show’s highest ratings in over two years. His return on SNL as host marked his first appearance on the show in 35 years!
All that stuff aside, Eddie Murphy is a comedy legend, and we need to kneel before his altar more often.
But did you know the man also had something of an impact under his sleeve on ’80s pop as well? Back in the middle of the decade, along with famed producer (and Dave Chappelle foil) Rick James, Murphy eventually dropped his debut album, How Could It Be. The thing’s a mixed bag of pop hits and random r’n’b crooners that probably isn’t the most enthralling listen from start to finish. But it does contain the single ‘Party All the Time’, and that absolves all of Murphy’s sins.
The revelation now was so shocking to some that “Eddie Murphy” was trending on Twitter in the United States, as videos of him singing circulated across all over social media.