Diversity under the spotlight at the 2016 Emmys

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This year's 68th annual Emmy Awards hasn't had a problem nominating diverse performers. This year there are 21 people of color nominated across all categories. You'll want to look out for these notable nominees.

Viola Davis
First female African American Emmy winner for Best actress in a drama series for her role in How to get away with murder back in 2015. This year Davis was nominated for a second time.

Idris Elba
This actor has been nominated for best lead actor for the show Luther. He was nominated for the same role and series three times before and this year will be his fourth.

Rami Malek
This Egyptian actor landed his first Emmy nomination for Best actor in a drama series for Mr. Robot -- this year's most nominated TV show

Kerry Washington
Nominated this year for best actress in Television movie Confirmation. She won her First Emmy back in 2013, becoming the first African American woman to win best lead actress for drama since Cicely Tyson in 1995.

Aziz Ansari
The funnyman is the first ever South-Asian American actor to receive an Emmy nomination for best actor in comedy series for the show Master of None


Taraji P. Henson
This will be the Empire star's 3rd Emmy nomination so far, and she just might bring home the award for best actress in a drama series.

Cuba Gooding Jr,
Critics may say this actor wasn't right for the role of O.J simpson, but Gooding's Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor says otherwise. The show People v. O.J Simpson came in with 22 overall nominations


Tracee Ellis-Ross
This will be her first nomination for best actress in a comedy series for the show Blackish

Tituss Burgess
his actor recently snagged his First Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy series for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Viola Davis attends Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actress Tatiana Maslany visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Adrien Brody arrives at the 'Septembers Of Shiraz' premiere during 2015 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thomson Hall on September 15, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 08: Timothy Hutton arrives at 'American Crime' ATAS special screening held at Walt Disney Studios on May 8, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Taraji P. Henson attends the 'Empire' Series Season 2 New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall on September 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Pablo Schreiber attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Finn Wittrock attends FX's 'American Horror Story: Freakshow' FYC special screening and Q&A at Paramount Studios on June 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 24: Actor Anthony Anderson attends the Television Academy's cocktail reception to celebrate the 67th Emmy Awards at The Montage Beverly Hills on August 24, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Actor Tituss Burgess discusses the Netflix show 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' at AOL Studios In New York on August 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nomi Ellenson/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Mark Rylance attends the World Premiere of 'The Gunman' at BFI Southbank on February 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Actor Richard Jenkins speaks at the SAG Foundation's Backstage Emmy Series featuring Richard Jenkins of 'Olive Kitteridge' at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on August 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Frances McDormand poses in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Ben Mendelsohn attends Netflix's 'Bloodline' Screening And Q&A at Pacific Design Center on May 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Michael Kelly attends Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Q&A screening event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on April 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Gaby Hoffmann attends the United Friends of the Children's 12th annual Brass Ring Awards dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Regina King attends Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actress Mo'Nique arrives for the New York screening of 'Bessie' held at The Museum of Modern Art on April 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Zoe Kazan attends EW's Must List Party during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Thompson Hotel on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
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