“Guys, guys, you gotta stop. You haven’t solved [diversity],” Ricky Martin said after interrupting the opening production number during Monday’s 70th Emmy Awards telecast on NBC. “This song is way too white!” He then broke out a classic Ricky Martin salsa dance as the other performers — Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon and Sterling K. Brown — all followed along. Watch the “We Solved It” musical video above and then click here for the full Emmy winners list.
Martin went into the ceremony as a first-time Emmy nominee for playing the real-life character of Antonio D’Amico, the lover of Gianni Versace, in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” While this program won big at the Emmys for Best Limited Series, Best Actor for Darren Criss and Best Director for Ryan Murphy, Martin likely fell victim to vote-splitting as he was up against two co-stars: Edgar Ramirez and Finn Wittrock. The winner was Jeff Daniels (“Godless”), who notably thanked his horse during his acceptance speech.
Even though he lost the Emmy, Martin can still take solace in knowing that the Golden Globes are around the corner. Globes voters can’t get enough of music superstars who become actors — just look at recent winners like Lady Gaga (“American Horror Story: Hotel”) and Madonna (“Evita”) as examples. Plus, Martin is already a two-time winner at the Grammy Awards for “A Quien Quiera Escuchar” (2001) and “Vuelve” (1998).
Martin submitted the season premiere of “Versace,” titled “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” to Emmy judges as an example of his best work. In the hour, D’Amico is the first person to find the body of Versace (Ramirez) lying on their front steps after he’s murdered by Andrew Cunanan (Criss). D’Amico openly weeps in front of the many onlookers before he’s questioned by the police, who want to know more about his mysterious relationship with Versace.
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