The Best Looks From the 2021 Emmys Red Carpet

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Cedric the Entertainer, host of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, declared that he wanted to take the audience away from the stuffiness of awards shows and behind the velvet rope. That all starts at the red carpet, which gives fans their first glimpses at the glamour and glitz that these shows are known for.

This time around, Cedric notes that he wants to address "the merging of cultures ... and what happens when people do figure out how to live together, how to be in harmony, without necessarily changing the identity of the other person." While we'll all have to see exactly how he does that, he promises that most of all, it'll be fun.

"That's what we try to do with the show, and have a good time," he said. "Not preach, but teach."

With Zoom ceremonies in the rear-view mirror and just about everyone ready to see show-stopping dresses again, the Emmy attendees have a lot of pressure to impress — and they all understood the assignment. Here are the best looks, from the drama of Nicole Byer's purple confection by Christian Sirano to Billy Porter's red carpet wings.

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Billy Porter

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Amber Ruffin

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Nicole Byer

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Dress: Christian Siriano

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Cecily Strong

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Jewelry: Gismondi 1754

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Bowen Yang

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Emma Corrin

Emma Corrin
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Dress: Miu Miu

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Aidy Bryant

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Olivia Colman

Olivia Coleman
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Kathryn Hahn

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Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley
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Suit: Genny
Shoes: Sophia Webster
Jewelry: Lark & Berry London

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Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge
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Dress: Christian Siriano

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

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Gillian Anderson

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Dress: Chloé

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Kaley Cuoco

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Dress: Vera Wang
Jewelry: De Beers

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P Henson

Dress: Elie Saab
Jewelry: Roberto Coin

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Kate Winslet

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Jewelry: Fred Leighton

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MJ Rodriguez

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Dress: Versace
Jewelry: Bvlgari

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Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore
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Dress: Carolina Herrera
Jewelry: Fernando Jorge

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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi
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Dress: Dior Haute Couture
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Jewelry: Cartier

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Jason Sudeikis

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Suit: Tom Ford

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Madeline Brewer

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Tracee Ellis Ross

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Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen
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Dress: The Row
Jewelry: Chopard

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Annie Murphy

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Angela Bassett

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Dress: Greta Constantine
Jewelry: Gismondi 1754

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Anya Taylor-Joy

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Dress: Dior Haute Couture

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Issa Rae

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Dress: Aliétte

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America Ferrera

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Beanie Feldstein

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Dress: Brandon Maxwell

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Susan Kelechi Watson

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Dress: Markarian

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Keri Russell

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Dress: Zuhair Murad

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Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett
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Dress: Dior Haute Couture

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Jean Smart

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Dress: Ralph Lauren
Jewelry: Cathy Waterman

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Sarah Paulson

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Catherine O'Hara

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Kerry Washington

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Jewelry: De Beers

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Amy Poehler

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Mindy Kaling

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Jewelry: De Beers

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Allison Janney

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Dress: Azzi & Osta

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Dan Levy

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Bo Burnham

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Rege-Jean Page

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Ellen Pompeo

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Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba
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Michaela Coel

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Dress: Christopher John Rogers

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Carl Clemons

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Dres: Christian Siriano

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