Emmy Awards history: A look back in photographs

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THE 1ST ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (center, top to bottom) Mayor Fletcher Bowron, Evie deWolf (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American actress Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) and her husband Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986) with their Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) trophies at the Emmy Awards, USA, 5th February 1953. Ball had won Best Comedienne for her role in the series 'I Love Lucy' and the series itself had won Best Situation Comedy. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Art Linkletter poses with an Emmy award for ' Best Daytime Program' at the TV Emmy Awards on March 7,1955 in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7,1955: Virginia Mayo attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
9TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: The cast of 'Caesar's Hour' winner of Best Series - One Hour or More (l-r) Sid Caesar, Nanette Fabray, Pat Carroll, Carl Reiner at the 9th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on March 16, 1957 held at the Colonial Theatre in New York City, NY (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 15: Dancer, actor and singer Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987) and writer/director Bud Yorkin (right) and writer Herbert Baker (left) pose for photos with all their awards for their TV special 'An Evening With Fred Astaire' at the 11th annual Emmy Awards on April 15, 1958 at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Los Angeles, California. Photographer Earl Leaf is in the background. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
6TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Art Carney receiving award for Best Supporting Role in a Regular Series for The Jackie Gleason Show (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Judith Light with Emmy Award; circa 1960; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
13TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Aired 05/16/1961 -- Pictured: Actress Carol Burnett (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
16TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r)The King Sisters with Carl Reiner (center) at the 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on May 25, 1964 (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
17th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Aired 09/12/1965 -- Pictured: Actor Danny Thomas (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
20TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Aired 05/19/1968 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dick Van Dyke and actor/singer Frank Siantra (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 28: Actress Cicely Tyson holds the two Emmy Awards that she won for her performance in 'The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman' on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actor and singer Cher and her husband, musician Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, attend the Emmy Awards, where Cher's television show, 'The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,' received a nomination for Outstanding Music or Variety Series, May 19, 1975. Cher is wearing a beaded halter top gown with a matching choker. Allman is adjusting his light-colored suit and is smoking a cigarette. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
17th May 1976: American actors and siblings John Travolta and Ellen Travolta arrive at the 28th Annual Emmy Awards, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Chevy Chase attends 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Shirley MacLaine and actor Ed Asner attend the 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 13, 1981 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Nancy McKeon and Michael J. Fox (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Tom Selleck and girlfriend Jillie Mack attend the 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 1986 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENCA,CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Tina Yothers attends the 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 1986 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Howie Mandel and Stephen Furst during 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Ellen Burstyn attends 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 1987 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 1987 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 29: THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 9/14/85 - 9/14/92, 'The Golden Girls' is one of only three sitcoms in which all the main actors won at least one Emmy Award. Rue McClanahan (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1987); Estelle Getty (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 1988); Bea Arthur (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1988) and Betty White (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1986), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Singer Paula Abdul attends the 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Christina Applegate attends the 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sat Night Live writers including Conan O'Brien, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers & Al Franken (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Actress Katey Sagal and actor Bob Saget attending 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 1990 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Danica McKellar attends the 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 1990 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Sela Ward, Fred Savage, and Julianne Phillips attend the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 25, 1991 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Peter Falk, Jason Priestley & Luke Perry (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 25: Macaulay Culkin attends 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 1991 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American supermodel Cindy Crawford at the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 30, 1992 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
Tim Allen during 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Will Smith and wife Sheree Smith attend the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 1993 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
The cast of the Emmy-winning 'Seinfeld' show pose with the Emmys they won for Outstanding Comedy Series on September 19, 1993 in Pasadena, CA. From left to right: Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander. (Photo credit should read SCOTT FLYNN/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Teri Hatcher attends the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 1993 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and actress Patricia Richardson attend the 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 11, 1994 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Garry Shandling and John Goodman during 1994 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Cyndi Lauper (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, UNITED STATES: Richard Frank (L), President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and five time Emmy award winner Betty White announce 20 July the five nominations for 'Outstanding Drama Series' for the Emmy awards. The television show 'ER' lead all nominations with twenty. The Emmy awards will be held 10 September in Pasadena, California. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Lisa Kudrow and actress Courteney Cox attend the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 8, 1996 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Molly Ringwald at the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, : Actors Noah Wylie (R) and George Clooney (L), the stars of 'ER,' arrive for the 48th Annual Emmy Awards 08 September in Pasadena, California. 'ER' is up for Outstanding Drama Series. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, : Actors Matt LeBlanc (L) with a broken arm and David Schwimmer (R), the stars of 'Friends,' arrive for the 48th Annual Emmy Awards 08 September in Pasadena, California. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Lisa Kudrow and actor Matthew Perry attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Jerry O'Connell and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar attend the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 13, 1998 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Jodie Foster attends the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009. Neil Patrick Harris opens the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Ricky Gervais is a presenter at The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Show on August 29, 2010 at Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Claire Danes wins for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie at The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Show on August 29, 2010 at Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Our favorite time of year has finally arrived and we are excited to kick off award season with the Emmys! Let's take a look back through the history of the Television Academy's most prestigious award show.

The Emmy Awards were conceived in 1948 by the Television Academy and the name for the famous statuette derived from former Academy president Harry Lubcke's suggestion of "Immy," a nickname for the image-orthicon camera tube instrumental in the technical development of television. "Immy" was then feminized as "Emmy" to match the female statuette depicting the winged "muse of art uplifting the electron of science."

The first Emmy Awards were broadcast on January 25, 1949, when less than 1 million television sets existed in the Unites States and only six awards were given. Check out the gallery to see amazing moments from the Emmy's since 1949.


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