Emmy Awards 2021: Rita Wilson surprises fans with rap tribute to late Biz Markie
LL Cool J and Lil Dicky gave a spectacular start to the award show and Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson’s surprised fans with a rap tribute to Biz Markie
The red carpet for the 73rd edition of the Primetime Emmys rolled out at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 19. While the celebrities’ brightest fashion statements and host Cedric the Entertainer’s opening monologue set the tone for the award show, it was Biz Markie’s musical tribute that gave a perfect start to the coveted award ceremony.
We lost acclaimed rapper Biz Markie on July 16 at the age of 57. The iconic New York rapper, DJ, and record producer died due to the complications from diabetes that he was grappling with from one last year. A host of celebrities like LL Cool J and Lil Dicky took over the stage as they completely hyped the opening of the award show. However, it was Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson’s rapping skills that took everyone by surprise. Social media users rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts on the fitting tribute to the late rap legend.
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Rita Wilson breaks into rap for Biz Markie’s tribute
For the opening performance of the 73rd Emmys, LL Cool J showed off his skills on the stage as Lil Dicky joined him in a performance-based on Biz Markie’s song ‘Just a Friend’. Wilson, however, grabbed all the attention of the audience sitting at home as she rapped her heart out for the magical tribute. The 64-year-old actress was seen very comfortable and confident while dropping a few hot bars on the mike as the live audience erupted with joy.
Speaking of the award ceremony, all eyes will be on shows like ‘The Crown' and 'The Mandalorian' as they scooped a whopping 24 nominations each. Marvel’s 'WandaVision', Apple TVs 'Ted Lasso', and Amazon’s 'The Handmaid's Tale' also came in strong. Emmys’ kickstarted at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET. The show is also up for live viewing on CBS and can also be streamed on sister network Paramount+.
‘Can’t wait till Jay Z and Rita Wilson collab’
Social media users rushed to Twitter as they could not stop gushing about Wilson’s rapping skills for Markie’s tribute. One said, “Yo such a dope intro to the #Emmys2021 #emmys nice homish to the late Biz Markie!” Another posted, “Shout-out to @RitaWilson's rapping.” Whereas, one tweeted, “Rita Wilson living her best hip-hop life tonight.”
One user asserted, ““I loved it...Especially Rita Wilson spitting rhymes at #Emmys. But gotta admit, I would have loved it a little more if they hadn't been lip synching...LOL.” Another individual shared, “Rita Wilson killed it!!!!!” While one said, “Rita Wilson rapping is truly the best thing I’ve seen!” The next one added, “I can’t wait till Jay Z and Rita Wilson collab!” One posted, “I’m not sure that #Emmys opening parody even made sense, but I am very here for any & all future LL Cool J/Lil Dicky/Rita Wilson collabs.” Another user stated, “Peace to LL Cool J & the others for honoring Biz Markie at the #emmys” And, another one chimed in to concluded, “Not only was that beautiful because TV is practically everybody’s friend, but it was also the most touching tribute imaginable to Biz Markie.”
Rita Wilson living her best hip hop life tonight. #Emmys 👀— Carson Stokebrand (@CarsonStoke) September 20, 2021
Rita Wilson rapping is truly the best thing I’ve seen! #Emmys— Michael Jamaal ✊🏽 (@TH3_KiDD) September 20, 2021
I’m not sure that #Emmys opening parody even made sense, but I am very here for any & all future LL Cool J/Lil Dicky/Rita Wilson collabs— 💫kylo ren💫 (@KyleLauren) September 20, 2021