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Emmys pay tribute to Alex Trebek, Cicely Tyson during In Memoriam segment

Emmys pay tribute to Alex Trebek, Cicely Tyson during In Memoriam segment
The Emmys paid tribute to Alex Trebek during the ceremony's In Memoriam segment. Cicely Tyson and Michael K. Williams were also honored. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The 73rd annual Emmy Awards paid tribute to Alex Trebek, Cicely Tyson, Michael K. Williams and more during the In Memoriam segment, which featured musicians Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste take the stage.

Bridges and Batiste teamed up to perform Bridges' song "River," from his 2015 album titled Coming Home on Sunday.

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Norm Macdonald, Larry King, Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Jackie Mason, George Segal, Ned Beatty, Markie Post, Yaphet Kotto, Hal Holbrook, Dustin Diamond, Marc Wilmore, Norm Crosby, Helen McCrory, Charles Grodin, Conchata Ferrell, Olympia Dukakis, Jessica Walter, Paul Mooney, Biz Markie and many more were also honored.

"We're trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we're going to get there," Trebek says in a video clip that was played during the segment.

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"I want you to know that I would not be here if it weren't for each one of you. I am everlastingly grateful," Tyson says in her own clip.

Cedric the Entertainer hosted the Emmys, which saw The Crown, Ted Lasso and Mare of Easttown winning big.

Notable deaths of 2021

Peter Scolari arrives on the red carpet at the 44th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton in New York City on November 21, 2016. The actor died after a two-year battle with cancer on October 22, 2021. He was 66. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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