‘Abbott Elementary’ star Sheryl Lee Ralph belts out emotional Emmy acceptance speech

The 74th Emmy Awards hosted by Kenan Thompson took place Monday, and while Ted Lasso, The White Lotus, and Succession took home some of the biggest awards of the night, it was Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph belting out her acceptance speech that was receiving all the praise.

I am an endangered species but I sing no victim's song,” Ralph sang. “I am a woman, I am an artist and I know where my voice belongs.”

Ralph is the first Black woman to win the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 35 years and only the second Black woman to win the award in history.

“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your treatment wasn't, wouldn't, couldn't come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like this is what striving looks like,” she said.

Ralph’s big win is even more impressive when you consider her show used its marketing money to buy school supplies rather than promotional materials for Emmy considerations.

Video transcript

SHERLY LEE RALPH: (SINGING) I am an endangered species, but I sing no victim's song.

KYLIE MAR: The 74th Emmy Awards hosted by Kenan Thompson took place Monday. And while "Ted Lasso", "The White Lotus", and "Succession" took home some of the biggest awards of the night, it was "Abbott Elementary" star Sheryl Lee Ralph belting out her acceptance speech that was receiving all the praise.

SHERLY LEE RALPH: (SINGING) And I know where my voice belongs.

KYLIE MAR: Ralph is the first Black woman to win the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 35 years and only the second Black woman to win the award in history.

SHERLY LEE RALPH: To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn't, wouldn't, couldn't come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like. This is what striving looks like.

KYLIE MAR: Ralph's big win is even more impressive when you consider her show used its marketing money to buy school supplies rather than promotional materials for Emmy considerations.

SHERLY LEE RALPH: Everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.