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How Keke Palmer Made History with Her Second Emmy Win: "I'm Almost Speechless"

The Password Host just accomplished a major first.

By Jackie Manno

Keke Palmer just added another major award under her belt!

How to Watch

Watch the Season 2 premiere of Password Tuesday, March 12 at 10/9c on NBC and next day on Peacock

On January 7, it was announced the Palmer won an Emmy award for Outstanding Host for a Game Show for her work on the show Password, which she started Hosting in 2022. This made her the first woman to win the award since 2009, and the first Black woman to be nominated and win in the category. 

Palmer was more than honored by the recognition. “Wow. That is so exciting thank you so much. I’m really just so thankful, I’m almost speechless. I want to thank the people who allowed this to happen, thank you to Jimmy Fallon, thank to NBC,” she said during her acceptance speech, according to Deadline.

“In a historic year for game shows at the Emmy Awards, we couldn’t be prouder of Keke Palmer’s outstanding host win. She and Jimmy Fallon are a winning duo and have made the latest iteration of Password an undeniable hit,” Corie Henson, EVP, NBCUniversal Entertainment Unscripted Programming, also told the outlet. 

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Keke Palmer at the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Keke Palmer at the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards

To celebrate the achievement, Palmer also took to her Instagram page to share snapshots of her beaming while holding the award. 

"Couldn’t do it without you @jimmyfallon! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of such a classic game show such as Password. It’s a true honor, I won! I’m excited, BOOTS! Thank you to the @televisionacad ✨" she wrote in the caption, to which The Voice Coach Chance the Rapper commented with a slew of fire emojis. 

Congratulations, Keke!

Keke Palmer's career 

Meghan Trainor Keke Palmer and Jon Cryer on Password

This marks Palmer's second Emmy Award, as she also took home one in 2021 for playing five characters in her fictional comedy series, Turnt Up with the Taylors, which was a parody on family reality shows. 

As for her work on Password, Palmer opened up to The Washington Post about how the experience has expanded her horizons. “I’m really feeling personality-hosting and producing, because I’m really feeling me and myself more than portraying someone else. Even though my personality in hosting is still a performative aspect of who I am, it’s a little bit closer to who I am than playing a character or a role," she told the outlet. 

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When it comes to her personal life, she announced her pregnancy when she was hosting Saturday Night Live in December 2022, and gave birth to a baby boy named Leodis Andrelton Jackson in February 2023.