Tonight, the 2019 Emmys brought forward an annual tradition — and also an incredibly important one.
The In Memoriam segment allows for the Television Academy to recognize all of the incredible people who we’ve lost over the past year, and they often try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Herein lies your remainder that the TV Academy is imperfect. They do their best in order to get things right, but there are always omissions. The important thing is that they deliver emotional tributes to just about every show that they can. There are so many people, both watching at home and also within the entertainment community, that appreciate it greatly.
The following names were showcased during the segment tonight: John Singleton, Doris Day, Jan-Michael Vincent, Andre Previn, Cokie Roberts, Si Sheinberg, Gloria Vanderbilt, Tony Askins, James Frawley, Ron Miller, Christopher Knopf, Steve Golin, Cameron Boyce, Nancy Wilson, Larry Siegel, Peggy Lipton, John Falsey, Kristoff St. John, Lou Weiss, Sharon Taylor, Roy Clark, Tony Lynn, Eunetta T. Boone, Katherine Helmond, Arte Johnson, Tim Conway, Tim Sullivan, Rutger Hauer, Sy Tomashoff, Kevin Barnett, Russell Kagan, Seymour Cassel, Bob Einstein, Penny Marshall, Georgia Engel, Luke Perry, Ken Berry, Valerie Harper, Peter Fonda, Stan Lee, Albert Finney, Rip Torn, and Carol Channing.
What this year’s In Memorial did so beautifully is represent all aspects of entertainment — actors were represented, but also composers, writers, studio executives, and even someone in Stan Lee who is known most for his work as a comic-book icon. It showcased a comprehensive look at what this industry has lost, and how many we will miss.
For those wondering, it was the incredible Halsey who performed the song from the In Memoriam segment. She’s got the soaring voice needed in order to deliver the goods here. Singing during this montage is a hard job — after all, you have to be able to balance out your own performance with not overshadowing the tributes going on around you. Overall, we would say that she did a wonderful job with a cover of the stellar “Time After Time.” It’s certainly a different, more acoustic version than what we’ve heard before.
What did you think about tonight’s Emmys In Memoriam segment? Be sure to share in the comments, and remember to stick around for some other coverage all night long. (Photo: Emmys.)