How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sunday – you can stream the event live on Paramount Plus or CBS

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  • The 73rd Emmy Awards will be held on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET in Los Angeles.
  • You can watch the television award show on CBS or with a subscription to Paramount Plus.
  • The ad-supported Paramount Plus plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free plan costs $10 a month.
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The 73rd Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET via CBS and Paramount Plus. The annual awards show honors achievements in primetime television.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California. After last year's virtual event, a small in-person audience composed of nominees and guests will be in attendance for the 2021 Emmys.

Could Marvel's "WandaVision" win the award for outstanding limited or anthology series? Will popular shows like "Bridgerton," "Ted Lasso," and "The Mandalorian" cement their cultural status with Emmy wins? Tune in live on Sunday night to find out which shows take home golden statues.

How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards

The 73rd Emmy Awards will be available to watch live on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount Plus. CBS is available through most pay-TV cable and satellite providers.

If you don't already have access to CBS through a pay-TV service, Paramount Plus is one of the cheapest ways to stream the Emmys. The ad-supported plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free plan costs $10 a month. Though live CBS streaming is typically only included with the ad-free plan, all subscribers will be able to watch the Emmys. New members get a free one-week trial.

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The CBS channel is also available through several live TV streaming services, including YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV. Each service starts at $65 a month and includes at least 75 live channels. You can also expand your options with a la carte add-ons targeted towards specific audiences, like sports fans or Spanish speakers.

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Finally, viewers who want to watch the Emmys on CBS can also access the channel with a digital antenna. Antennas allow you to pick up local affiliate stations, like CBS, without a monthly subscription. That said, the stability of your broadcast reception will vary depending on your location.

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2021 Emmy nominees

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A variety of shows are nominated at the 2021 Emmys across several categories. Only series that debuted new episodes between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 are eligible for this year's awards.

Netflix's "The Crown" and Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian" have the most nominations with 24 each. "WandaVision," "The Handmaid's Tale," and "Saturday Night Live" are all top nominees as well, with more than 20 nominations each. To see if your favorite show is up for an award, check out Insider's full list of nominees.

If you're aiming to catch up on any of the nominated shows before the winners are announced, take a look at our breakdown of where to watch all the Emmy-nominated series for outstanding drama, outstanding comedy, and outstanding limited or anthology series.

Will there be a red carpet at the 2021 Emmy Awards?

After last year's virtual event, the red carpet is returning for the 73rd Emmy Awards. Compared to the extravagance of previous shows, however, the 2021 Emmy Awards will have a scaled-down red carpet due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Though CBS and Paramount Plus won't be airing pre-show coverage, you can watch a live stream of the red carpet pre-show on the People and Entertainment Weekly websites starting at 7 p.m. ET. The E! cable channel will also have pre-show entertainment and red carpet coverage.

You can watch E! without cable if you have a subscription to live TV streaming services like Sling TV, fuboTV, YouTube TV, or Hulu + Live TV. In addition, viewers can watch a red carpet preview and all the major arrivals for free on the E! channel's website and YouTube page.

What else can I watch on Paramount Plus?

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In addition to the 73rd Emmy Awards, Paramount Plus features a growing catalog of entertainment options, including original shows like "Evil" and "Star Trek: Discovery," as well as movies like "76 Days" and "A Quiet Place Part II."

For more information about whether or not Paramount Plus is worth the subscription, take a look at Insider's review. You can learn even more about the service's plans and features by reading our detailed breakdown of Paramount Plus.

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