Zendaya makes Emmy history

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Zendaya as Rue in "Euphoria". (Image Credit: HBO)

Zendaya made history on Sunday, becoming the youngest woman to win best actress in a drama series at the Emmys.

The 24-year-old picked up the coveted prize for her portrayal of teenage drug addict Rue in HBO’s “Euphoria”, a teen drama that follows a group high school students as they grapple with issues of love, sex, drugs and identity.

The Awards ceremony took place yesterday but was significantly lower-key and partly virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was presented from an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, with only a few guest presenters joining him in the studio.

Most of the winners made their acceptance speeches from home using video conferencing.

“Schitt’s Creek”, “Succession” and “Watchmen” were the big winners of the night, picking up the bulk of the awards.

“Schitt’s Creek” won nine prizes, breaking the Emmys record for most wins in a single season for a comedy.

“Succession” took home the night’s top award, best drama series, as well as best actor for Jeremy Strong, and prizes in the drama categories for best writing and best directing.

“Watchmen”, another HBO series, won best limited series, as well as acting prizes for its stars Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.