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Big Bird presenting an Emmy to Burt Bacharach, 1970.


Kermit and Piggy at the 31st Annual Emmy Awards, 1979.


Kermit and Piggy at the Emmys in 1989.

2004 Emmy Awards Ceremony preshow

Kermit and Piggy hosting the pre-awards show in 2004.


David Canary and Oscar the Grouch.

34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Tyra Banks and Elmo.

Animal at the 2008 emmys

Animal parody.

A list of appearances that Muppets have made on Emmy Awards and Daytime Emmy Awards broadcasts.

1970, Primetime

Big Bird joins Dick Cavett as a presenter at the prime-time awards, marking the first appearance of a Sesame Street character at the ceremonies.

1979, Primetime

Miss Piggy thinks that she and Kermit have been asked to host the show, but he explains that they're just there to read the rules. Piggy is offended: "I did NOT spend six hours with Monsieur Jacques of Encino to read lousy rules!" She pouts while Kermit reads the rules, then refuses to get offstage until she gets a close-up.


Jim Henson appears as himself, presenting the award for "Best performer in a variety or music series" with Paul Williams. Before coming on-stage, Tom Selleck talks about Jim Henson's beginnings and the "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" clip is shown. Although Jim Henson appears without any of his characters, he does announce the winner, Cloris Leachman, in Kermit's voice. (YouTube)

1989, Primetime

Miss Piggy appears to accept the "Grand Jury Lifetime Achievement Award for Non-Humans," which Kermit corrects swiftly, telling her that they appear to give the "Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program." John Lovelady and Allan Trautman are among the nominated for Sid and Marty Krofft's D.C. Follies, while Linda Ronstadt wins the award.

Preceding their onstage appearance, a clip montage of famous puppets is shown. Among the clips are two borrowed from The Muppet Show: One featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy from their appearance and Fozzie Bear's act from episode 424 (his name on-screen being misspelled as "Fozzy Bear").

2003, Daytime

Elmo, Zoe, Grover, Rosita, Big Bird and Wayne Brady peform a medley of songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a tribute to Fred Rogers.


Kermit and Miss Piggy host the pre-show for the Emmys.

2005, Daytime

Oscar the Grouch and All My Children actor David Canary, both in trash cans, present the award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. Kevin Clash wins the award.

2006, Daytime

Caroll Spinney is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys.

2007, Daytime

Elmo and Tyra Banks presented the winners of the "Children's Emmy Awards"

Muppet Mentions

  • The theme to The Muppet Show was excerpted in a montage melody sung by Josh Groban, in the September 21, 2008 broadcast. Groban sang a segment of the theme song with Animal's voice, as an Animal photo puppet replica played the drums. (The dummy used one stick to keep him upright, and two sticks with which an unknown performer hidden behind the drummer made Animal play the drum set.) The next theme was for The X-Files, and the Animal parody was hoisted to the ceiling, with Groban yelling "No! Take me!", pretending it was an alien abduction. (YouTube)
  • In the August 29, 2010 broadcast, Jewel sang a song during a segment a montage remembering those who passed away that year. One of the clips shown was "How Do You Do?" featuring Lena Horne with Grover.

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