Hollywood’s Finest Shine On The 2021 Emmy Awards Red Carpet: The Best Looks From Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Olsen, Taraji P. Henson, More
The biggest night in television returns when the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards airs live tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Last year, most A-listers accepted their statuettes from the comfort of their own homes (or, if you were the cast of Schitt’s Creek, at an intimate viewing party) amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year’s show, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, returns to its regular in-person format — and you know what that means: A star-studded red carpet!
Throughout the years, the annual award show's arrivals has been known to be where Hollywood’s finest show off their most glamorous sides. To jog your memory: In 2004, Jennifer Aniston — who has stylishly slayed many times — channeled her inner Greek goddess in a white Chanel frock with gold detailing.
In 2009, a stunning Blake Lively stepped out in a bold red Versace gown that featured a plunging neckline, while Zendaya turned heads in 2019, showing off her killer gams in a custom-made emerald dress. Even from home, Tracee Ellis Ross dropped jaws rocking a metallic number from Alexandre Vauthier in 2020.
It seems as though 2021 is no different, with Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Olsen and Taraji P. Henson leading the pack of notable names making striking statements on the most coveted step and repeat.
Scroll through to see the best looks from the 2021 Emmy Awards red carpet.
Talk about a neon number! Kaley Cuoco stole the limelight in a bold and bright yellow gown with ruffled straps, a super sexy sweetheart neckline, ruched torso and thigh-high center slit. Her daring dress blew in the wind behind her showing off the actress' matching bright strappy pumps as she pouted her lips and posed for the camera.
Robbie Arnett and Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen embodied the definition of classy in an absolutely striking all-white wardrobe matching her husband, Robbie Arnett — who donned a white suit with a white dress shirt. The Avengers actress' outfit of choice was an extremely flattering The Row gown — designed by her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — form-fitted to her bust and waist with a plunging neckline, cape-like bell sleeves and an A-line silhouette.
Taraji P. Henson
The Hidden Figures star glammed out for the red carpet this year wearing a custom Vera Wang sheer, long sleeve, floor-length gown made of black and white sequins. The fierce female showed some skin by showing off her décolletage with a plunging V-neckline — owning her femininity. Henson's gown was complete with trend-forward shoulder pads, loose-fitting sleeves with banded wrists and our favorite, pockets!
Mandy Moore looked like she was straight out of fairytale matching perfectly to the red carpet in a ravishing red gown with red lipstick. The dainty dress was simplistic with spaghetti straps, a square neckline and a full skirt.
The Step Brothers star made her own fashion statement going for a menswear 'fit versus the traditional gown. Kathryn Hahn's all-black outfit drew attention to her torso with an oversized belt buckle layered over top of a strapless, sweetheart top paired with fitted black trousers. Her shoe of choice was a matching black pointed-toe pump with ankle straps and a sheer netting.
Emma Corrin turned heads with a monochromatic yellow look. The Crown actress took a unique spin on typical red carpet style donning a pale yellow bonnet paired with a strapless gown — but her accessories drew us in the most with matching yellow opera gloves complete with finger holes. Through her gloves Corrin donned long black stiletto nails that stood out with her light-colored look.
Kate Winslet went for a classic look as she arrived on the red carpet in an elegant black gown with sheer sleeves and a plunging neckline. The Mare Of Eastown actress kept her accessories simple with dangling earings and silver bracelets, along with a chic black clutch purse and a delicate updo.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
Felicity actress Keri Russell absolutely owned the red carpet in a gorgeous nude pink-colered gown that featured exquisite sleeve trains covered in feathers. The mostly-sheer dress was complimented with a belt at the waistline and a plunging, intricately-detailed neckline. Russel looked regal while posing alongside her husband, Matthew Rhys.
Uzo Aduba and Tracee Ellis Ross
Uzo Aduba and Tracee Ellis Ross both smiled from ear to ear as they posed together for the red carpet cameras. The Orange Is The New Black star flaunted her figure in a hot pink, high-neck gown with matching stilettos. The Black-ish actress rocked a vibrant ruby red sequined open-shoulder gown along with gold rings and silver bangle bracelets.
All eyes were on Anya Taylor-Joy as she stunned in a backless pale yellow silk gown along with a gorgeous opera coat in a rich deep yellow shade. The Queen's Gambit nominee topped off her graceful look with diamond earrings and a diamond necklace that drape down her entire back.
Cynthia Erivo walked the red carpet in a gorgeous form-fitting white strapless gown that flowed into a train of blue and green feathers. She added even more flare to the look with a diamond choker, a simple belt and chunky diamond rings.
Jason Sudekis —who took home an Emmy for his fan-favorite show Ted Lasso — kept things interesting with a stylish turqoise velvet tuxedo. He seemed to borrow his look from pal Chris Evans, who sported a very similar style at the 2019 Oscars.
Schitt's Creek star Annie Murphy stepped out in a gorgeous shade of green with a long-sleeved gown paired with dark blue stilettos that matched her dark blue velvet clutch purse. Her hair was curled in effortless loose waves and she also accessorized with a bright red lip and simple layered necklaces.
Eugene Levy and Dan Levy
More Schitt's Creek stars! Father-son duo Eugene Levy and Dan Levy graced the red-carpet with Dan rocking a monochromatic blue blazer and Eugene looking classic in a stylish tuxedo with a white bowtie and red flower accent.
Gillian Anderson shined in a funky cropped top with tassles draping down over her maxi skirt by Chloé
Issa Rae turned heads in a custom Aliétte sheer chainmetal gown that showed off her fabulous figure.
Yara Shahidi looked like a princess in a vibrant green, off -the-shoulder Dior Haute Couture gown. She paired the elegant look with a classic updo, brown heels, and chunky gold jewelry.
Mindy Kaling looked regal in a strapless black gown by Carolina Herrera, which she accessorized with a sparkling diamond necklace.
Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page looked cool in the all-black look in a made-to-measure Giorgio Armani.
Wilmer Valderrama looked handsome in front of cameras as he posed in a classic tuxedo and a chunky silver ring on one hand.
Amy Poehler looked demure in a black blazer paired with a pink sequined full-length skirt. She also had a funky gold clutch purse for some extra flare!
Michaela Coel strutted out on the red carpet in a neon yellow bandeau top and pencil skirt by Christopher John Rogers.
Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown looked like a hunk in a classic tuxedo. He also accessorized with a stylish pair of shades to finish off his look.
Allison Janney made a statement in an Azzi & Osta peplum jacket with a maxi skirt and tassled shawl.
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey
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Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey paired up together on the Emmy's red carpet while the actress looked gorgeous in a turqoise strapless dress with an elaborate train.
Susan Kelechi Watson
Susan Kelechi Watson wasn't afraid to make a statement with this pink sequin gown.
Mare of Easstown's Jean Smart rocked an classic look in a turtleneck gown by Ralph Lauren, which featured a sheer neckline and sleeves.
Annaleigh Ashford wore a strapless white pencil dress with bow tie heels, a black clutch purse, and a pop of color with bright red lips.
Ann Dowd was all smiles in a classic short sleeve black gown with a sheer neckline.
Anthony Anderson made a serious statement with a flashy pink floral jacket paired overtop black slacks.
The fabulous Billy Porter stole the show with his "winged" wardrobe. The Pittsburgh-native actor stuck a pose showing off his all-black outfit accessorized with diamond jewelry. The fab 'fit was complete with a black fingered gloves and a matching shirt tucked into black wide leg trousers paired with platform shoes. The main attraction, but of course, was Porter's ruffled wings stretched out wide as he lifted his crown high.
Lauren Morelli & Samira Wiley
The gorgeous Hollywood couple posed arm-in-arm wearing complementary black-and-white polka dots looks. Lauren Morelli opted for enlarged white dots on a black grounded asymmetrical mermaid gown, while Samira Wiley rocked tiny white spots printed on a black fitted suit with an all-black tie. These two were the perfect combination of class and fashion for this year's red carpet return.
Josh O'Connor was the talk of the carpet in a Loewe custom suit. But instead of your typical bowtie, The Crown actor opted for a black flower. His stunning suit jacket cropped at his waistline and paired perfectly with his fitted ankle-length suit pants.
Angela Basset did not disappoint as this fashionista arrived on the red carpet in a stunning black form-fitting dress with bright fuchsia ruffled detailing trailing down the front of the gown — from her bust all the way to the floor. The actress slicked her hair back into a half up half down hairstyle that framed her face for the perfect look.
The American Horror Story star posed for the cameras showing off an absolutely stunning red gown that looked picture perfect off of the famous red carpet. This daring dress featured oversized puff sleeves that meshed into a form-fitting V-neckline, meeting at an empire-waistline. The bottom skirt of the dress stretched out into an A-line silhouette flattering Sarah Paulson's figure.
Catherine Zeta-Jones donned a sexy style of a strapless deep red dress with a thigh-high slit and matching closed-toe heels. The award-winning actress wore her hair down, effortlessly framing her face, and accessorized her red carpet look with a diamond choker necklace.
Rosie Perez looked like a real-life angel in a glowing gold gown that flattered her figure. Her dress was made of glimmering sequins complete with a sheer cape stretched out with with Perez' arms as she walked the red carpet.
Trevor Noah shot his finger guns towards the camera rocking a classic black-tie attire with a black form-fitted suit with a white dress shirt and black bow tie.
Seth Rogen rocked the earthtones in an orange tuxedo with a beige undershirt and bowtie with dark brown trousers.
The Handmaid's Tale actress Madeline Brewer looked regal in a copper colored metallic dress which she paired with vibrant blue pumps and a layered necklace.
Aidy Bryant made a statement in a whimsical look from Simone Rocha.
Ted Lasso actor Brendan Hunt rocked a stylish top hat with his vintage-style suit.
Cecily Strong stepped out in a black plunging gown with a thigh-high slit on the side.
Beth Behrs looked like an angel in a stunning ballerina pink Georges Hobeika one shoulder gown paired with Tamara Mellon heels.
Cedric the Entertainer
The charismatic comedian host made a splash with his colorful look wearing a monochromatic blue suit that stood out against the red carpet. Cedric the Entertainer posed proudly for the camera completing his striped style suit with black lapels and accessorizing with a pair of shades.
O.T. Fagbenle rocked a ravishing red-and-black modern take on a Nigerian dress.
Nicole Byer gave us all Dreamgirls vibes wearing a custom Christian Siriano purple off-the-shoulder gown with ruffled detailing across the train and bust. This stunning style was complete with sheer layered fabric and a bouncing bustle.
Mj Rodriguez left us speechless in a head-turning turquoise gown. This jaw-dropping dress was an asymmetrical cut with one strapless side and one over-the-shoulder strap. The gorgeous gown ruched to the side on the actress' waistline, complimenting her tiny figure, and was complete with a thigh-high slit showing off her long legs.
When it comes to colorful couture, Rachel Lindsay chose to stick with a simple strapless silhouette drawing all of the focus to her gorgeous gown's bright sunset shade. The bold former Bachelor star completed her look with her hair pulled up into a braided bun.
The Access Hollywood host wow'd the red carpet in a pearl-colored jumpsuit. Despite Hall's stunning style covering her skin with long sleeves and pants, this trend-forward look accentuated her small figure with its detailing through a deep V-neckline, cinched waist and cuffed wrists and ankles.
Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier
The Entertainment Tonight hosts opted for true formal fashion with Turner in a beautiful bubble dress with black puff sleeves and a purple skirt. While, Frazier rocked a colorful bow tie to accessorize his otherwise classic black-tie attire.