Two top music stars get key roles at the 2022 Primetime Emmys Prices will be broadcast on Monday, Sept. 12. John Legend will perform “Pieces” from his new album Legend over the In Memoriam segment. Also, Zedd will DJ for the evening, a role that has gained prominence at awards shows in recent years.
The song performed over the In Memoriam Square at awards ceremonies is usually well known. On Primetime The Emmys in 2020, HER performed for example Prince’s “Nothing compares 2 U.” The previous year, Halsey sang “Repeatedly” by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman. Both songs were No. 1 hits on Billboard Hot 100 (for Sinead O’Connor and Lauper respectively).
But this will be the second year in a row that the In Memoriam song will be a song unfamiliar to most Emmy viewers. Last year, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste performed Bridges’ song “River.”
Legend has previously appeared at the Emmys. In 2018, he joined Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Ricky Martin, Andy Samberg and RuPaul to perform a comedy special, “We fixed it!” about how the Emmys had supposedly solved the diversity issue.
The Television Academy also announced that comedian Sam Jay will serve as the show’s announcer.
Hosted by Kenan Thompson, the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards are set to air live coast-to-coast from 8 to 11 PM ET on NBC. The show will also stream live on Peacock. The ceremony, to be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will be produced by Done+Dusted in association with Hudlin Entertainment and directed by Hamish Hamilton.