Published Sep 18, 2017Stephen Colbert hosted the TV-toasting Emmy Awards last night (September 17), and opened the show with a theatrical number that drove home the message: "Everything's better on TV" — at least until you invite Sean Spicer out on stage.
In addition to cameos from television royalty like Anthony Anderson, Allison Janney, Millie Bobby Brown and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the opening number also featured a verse from Chance the Rapper.
In it, the Chicago native made reference to Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bob's Burgers, as well as addressing more pressing matters like police violence and Trump's ban on transgender members of the military. Despite calling TV a "pleasant distraction," he urged viewers to actually get out and take action, closing with a plea to "record the show and try to show up at the protest."
Watch the complete opening number below.
Chance wasn't the only rapper given time in the spotlight last night; Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) took home Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series trophies for Atlanta, while Riz Ahmed of Swet Shop Boys won Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role in The Night Of.
Revisit all of the 2017 Emmy Award winners here.