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The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New Yorkmarker-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angelesmarker-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in Americanmarker daytime television programming.

Emmys are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).


The first daytime-themed Emmy Awards were given out at the primetime ceremony in 1972, when The Doctors and General Hospital were nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Drama. That year, The Doctors won the first Best Show Daytime Emmy. In addition, the award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in a Daytime Drama was given to Mary Fickett from All My Children. A previous category "Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming" was added once in 1968 with individuals like Days of our Lives star MacDonald Carey nominated. Due to voting rules of the time judges could opt to either award one or no Emmy, and in the end they decided that no one nominated was deserving of the golden statuette. This snub outraged then Another World writer Agnes Nixon, causing her to write in The New York Times, "...after viewing the recent fiasco of the Emmy awards, it may well be considered a mark of distinction to have been ignored by this group."

Longtime General Hospital star John Beradino became a leading voice to have daytime talent honored with special recognition for their work. The first separate awards show made just for daytime programming was broadcast in 1974 from the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center in New York. The hosts that year were Barbara Walters and Peter Marshall. The gala is now usually held at nearby Radio City Music Hallmarker, with occasional broadcasts from Madison Square Gardenmarker. The 2006 Emmys were held at the Kodak Theatremarker in Los Angelesmarker (the first time they have ever been held outside of New York), where the Academy Awards have been presented since the venue's opening in 2001. The 2007 ceremony was also held at the Kodak Theatre on June 15, 2007 and was recently held there on June 20, 2008.

The show originally aired during the daytime hours, moving to nighttime in 1991. In recent years, the Daytime Emmy Awards have seen its ratings decline, prompting the shift from three hours of televised content to two. Many special events have aired before the live telecast in an attempt to grab households tuning in for the awards. ABC/Disney's SoapNet cable channel, which airs special programming revolving around the Daytime Emmys in the month before the show, broadcasts a red carpet special before the awards ceremony, and a post-show. When NBC hosted the awards shows, it would air special one-off episodes of their soap operas, such as Another World: Summer Desire. During the past three turns for CBS, the network has used the first hour to carry The Price Is Right specials, a United States Navy prime-time special and, in 2007, a repeat of that morning's final episode with host Bob Barker. In August 2009, The CW broadcast the Daytime Emmys for the first time, despite not having any daytime programming. The airing delivered the ceremony's worst ratings ever .

Previously, the show has been produced by one of its own Lifetime Achievement honorees, Dick Clark. The 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 shows were produced by White Cherry Entertainment.

Due to the relatively small talent pool in daytime television, it has become common for the same people to be nominated repeatedly. The most infamous of these is All My Children star Susan Lucci, whose name became synonymous with being nominated for an award and never winning, after having been nominated 18 times without receiving an award before finally winning a Daytime Emmy for Best Actress in 1999.

Award categories

Daytime Emmys are awarded in the following categories:


  • Directing For A Game/Audience Participation Show
  • Directing For A Drama Series
  • Directing For A Talk Show
  • Directing For A Lifestyle Show
  • Directing For A Children's Series
  • Directing For A Children/Youth/Family Special
  • Directing For A Special Class Program


  • Writing For A Drama Series
  • Writing For A Children's Series
  • Writing For A Children/Youth/Family Special
  • Writing For A Special Class Special

Prior to 2007, the Lifestyle categories were previously known as the Service Show categories.

Creative Arts Daytime Emmys

Creative Arts Emmy Awards are awarded in the following categories:
  • Art direction
    • Art Direction- Set Decoration- Scenic Design
    • Art Direction- Set Decoration- Scenic Design For A Drama Series
  • Casting For A Drama Series
  • Costumes
    • Costume Design For A Series
    • Costume Design For A Drama Series
  • Editing
    • Single Camera Editing For A Series
    • Multiple Camera Editing For A Series
    • Multiple Camera Editing For A Drama Series
  • Hairstyling
    • Hairstyling For A Series
    • Hairstyling For A Drama Series
  • Lighting Direction
    • Lighting Direction For A Series
    • Lighting Direction For A Drama Series
  • Main Title Design
  • Makeup
    • Makeup
    • Makeup For A Drama Series
  • Music
    • Music Direction and Composition
    • Music Direction and Composition For A Drama Series
    • Original Song
  • Sound Editing and Mixing
    • Sound Editing For A Series
    • Sound Editing For A Drama Series
    • Sound Mixing For A Series
    • Sound Mixing For A Drama Series
  • Technical Direction
    • Single Camera Photography- Video or Electronic
    • Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series
    • Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Drama Series

Award ceremonies

Actors who have won two or more Daytime Emmys

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