Maya Rudolph’s Latest Emmy Win Is One for the History Books

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Maya Rudolph made history on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys when she won two awards in the same categories for two years running.

Rudolph is now the third Black woman to win two years in a row — taking home the awards for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her “SNL” appearances.

She was also named Best Character Voice-Over for her work on the animated comedy “Big Mouth.”

“Wow, that’s amazing. I feel honored to be part of something like that,” Rudolph told reporters, per Deadline. “I feel like this Emmy is very fitting, in that it’s for something that feels like such a personal achievement … I feel really honored that I’m part of a legacy as the third woman of color to achieve that.”

She continued, “This one feels particularly sweet and like an enormous personal achievement just because ‘Saturday Night Live’ is genuinely something that I dreamt up since I was a kid and loved as a kid and watched my parents watching growing up, and then it became a part of my life.”

Rudolph is the daughter of singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton, who died in 1979.

Regina King also won back-to-back Emmys for her supporting role in “American Crime” in 2015 and 2016. “Orange Is The New Black” actress Uzo Aduba, who recently tied the knot, won twice consecutively for her role on the Netflix show.

Rudolph’s “SNL” skits of Vice President Kamala Harris have proved to be hugely popular with the comedy show’s audience.

“We did meet during a fundraiser before the election over Zoom,” Rudolph said. “She was quite aware that I was playing her and was so lovely and cool, and it was so exciting to talk to her and to meet her, and to get a chance to be a part of her orbit. But she’s so cool, she was great about it, and I think that’s always the mark of someone who knows that they’re impenetrable and they’re doing something great in the world because she knows I’m doing it with love and she’s so fantastic that someone is impersonating her.”

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