Tyler Perry Gives a Powerful Speech at the 2020 Emmy Awards — See Fan Reactions

Kagweni Micheni
Sep 23, 2020
12:30 P.M.
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Tyler Perry is the recipient of the Governor's Award at this year's 2020 Emmy Awards and the producer gave an impassioned speech. Check out what he had to say. 


At this year's virtual Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Tyler Perry was honored with the Governor's Award. 

This was to celebrate his achievements in television and for his efforts to provide marginalized communities with opportunities through the Tyler Perry Foundation programs. 


During the ceremony, Perry was presented his award by Chris Rock and Oprah Winfrey. The star gave an impassioned speech sharing a personal anecdote about his grandmother. 

He told a story of his grandmother giving him a handmade quilt. However, he did not see its value until he saw a similar quilt that was made by a former slave with each square representing a moment in her life. He said:

"I became so embarrassed. Here I was, a person who prides myself on celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn't even recognize the value in my grandmother's quilt."


Perry went on to say that in his grandmother's quilt, no patches represented Black people on television. But now, his quilt will have one where the Television Academy celebrates her grandson. 

Last year, the producer opened his new studio on a 330-acre piece of land that was once a confederate base, with Perry saying that it was a celebration of television that was inclusive of all races and sexualities. 

Tyler first made a name for himself when he wrote the "Madea" play which went on to create a $500 million movie franchise.

A fan reacts to Tyler Perry's Emmy award speech, September 2020 | Photo: YouTube/ABC


Fans loved his Emmy speech. Many commented on how eloquent and inspiring the producer was as he celebrated diversity in the entertainment industry. 

One person noted how powerful the speech was, adding that it had inspired people to help themselves. Another wrote:

"This was the most beautiful and moving acceptance speech I have ever heard. Simply incredible and so warm and real. Congratulatios!! I admire this man so much."

A fan responds to Tyler Perry's Emmy 2020 award speech, September 2020| Photo: Youtube/ABC


Perry first made a name for himself when he wrote the "Madea" play which went on to create a $500 million movie franchise and a partnership with the OWN network. 

The star thanked his mother for his drive, saying that she had urged him never to wait for someone to open a door for him but to make opportunities for himself. 

Perry has also developed several successful shows including "House of Payne" and movies like "Gone Girl" and "Vice."

When presenting him with the award, Winfrey said that he had dreamed the impossible dream and done it all by himself.