Mishael Morgan Becomes First Black Woman to Win Lead Actress Award at Daytime Emmys

The Young and the Restless star Mishael Morgan took home the 2022 Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first Black woman to receive the honor.

By Ashley Joy Parker Jun 25, 2022 6:24 PMTags
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Mishael Morgan made history at the 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards.

The Young and the Restless star, 35, picked up the trophy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the June 24 ceremony, making her the first Black actress to win a Daytime Emmy in the lead acting category.

"I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I'm now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do," she shared in her acceptance speech. "Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation, they can strive to be the best."

She continued, "I need to thank the fans and everybody sitting at home. They embraced me when I came on this show and I am so immensely proud of our generation."

From Soap Stars to Superstars

In 2013, Morgan was cast as Hilary Curtis on the long-running CBS soap opera. She left the series in 2018 and then returned a year later to play her former character's ghost as well as Amanda Sinclair, her long-lost twin.

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Upon winning her Daytime Emmy, the Trinidadian-Canadian actress received a standing ovation from the audience.

"We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment," she added. "Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together."


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