Award Shows Go Virtual This Year: What Will They Look Like?

”We can’t honor the best moments in the year of sports, when half the year didn’t get played,“ ESPYs producer Jeff Smith says

Even in the coronavirus era, the show must go on, leaving award shows to figure out how to digitally translate the glitz and glamour.

Over the next few weeks, three award shows, including the Daytime Emmys, will give us our first idea at what major virtual award shows will look like. It begins on Sunday with The ESPYs, followed by the Daytime Emmy Awards on June 26. The BET Awards will be held two days later on June 28. With the Television Academy keen on maintaining its Sept. 20 airdate for the Primetime Emmys, TV’s biggest night could also get the virtual treatment.

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Tim Baysinger

TV reporter • • Twitter: @tim_bays

Margeaux Sippell

TV Reporter • • @margeauxsippell