22nd annual






Saturday, Oct. 9th @ Radisson Blu Mall of America


2021 Upper Midwest

EMMY® Nominees

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Go to @MidwestEmmys FaceBook page for animated nomination postcards to share with family & friends

Missing or Forgot Name on EMMY® entry?

Contact info@midwestemmys.org to request additional names

To add a name after nominations and up to September 20th, 2021 a written application is required and the fee is $100 per-name.

Any names requested to be added to member-rate entries must be members for entry to retain member rate.

Absolutely no names can be added to entries once Emmy® Awards are announced.

Award Store

Use your current membership for discounts on past Regional Emmy® Awards! Anyone listed on official nominated or recipient entries from 2000 – present may purchase awards. Nomination Plaques and Regional Statuettes come engraved with entrant’s name and role on entry.


Deadline to order tickets is Friday October 1st.

Due to ongoing public health situation, all ticketed guests will abide by event code of conduct and agree to implied consent of COVID limited liability waiver.

Members save $$ on Gala tickets and post show award orders!




May purchase two tickets at member rate.




At least 5 people must be members.

Includes premium seating, ½ page program ad, 2 bottles of wine.







Includes premium seating, ½ page program ad, 2 bottles of wine.

Event Safety protocols

As with all other responsible organizations, the health and safety of all our members, guests and staff is our highest priority. To that end, the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter Board of Governors, representing media professionals across our five-state region, have voted to implement the following COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021 Regional Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday October 9th at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

WE require all attendees to:

  • Check-in at their scheduled arrival time to prevent crowding
  • Present at check-in either their COVID-19 vaccination card OR a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the event.
    Free testing is available in:
  • Wear either the complimentary Emmy branded face mask or a face mask of their choice, covering the nose and mouth at all times, except at photo walls, while eating or drinking or presenting on stage
  • Remain grouped together with members of their own organizations at the tables
  • Not attend if you or anyone in your circles are or have felt unwell or has tested positive for, or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. We invite you then to enjoy the show via our livestream


The Radisson Blu Mall of America ballroom & hotel rooms have fresh air circulation systems. The building is designed to draw air in from outdoors, temper it and push indoors. Then air is pulled out and pushed outside.

The hotel has instituted an in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocol designed to ensure your safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out.

Covid Awareness

We are planning an in-person event. We are closely monitoring COVID information from the CDC and state health departments across the region. That information includes infection rates, vaccination rates and mitigation recommendations.

UPDATE 9/20/2021:

The Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter Board of Governors has voted to implement the following COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021 Regional Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday October 9th at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

  • Proof of Vaccination or negative COVID Test
  • Masks required except at photo walls, eating/drinking, speaking on stage

All guests with event tickets will agree to a LIABILITY WAIVER and will agree to abide by a health CODE OF CONDUCT.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious. The state of medical knowledge is evolving, but the virus is believed to spread from person-to-person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and even possibly in the air. People reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

On August 23rd, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending its conferences and/or entering onto premises where NATAS events are held. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NATAS and enter onto premises where its conferences are held, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19. I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself in order to attend The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter Regional Emmy® Awards Gala and enter venue premises. Upper Midwest Chapter Regional Emmy® Awards Gala is of such value to me that I accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to attend in person.

WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/LIABILITY: I hereby forever release and waive my right to bring suit against The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter and its owners, officers, board of governors, managers, officials, trustees, agents, employees, or other representatives for fault in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to attending its event . I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claim based on negligence, including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

CHOICE OF LAW: I understand and agree that the law of the State of Minnesota will apply to this contract.


2021 Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards Gala
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Event Code of Conduct

A code of conduct is a collection of rules and regulations that include what is and is not acceptable or expected behavior.

The Events Industry Council, through its member organizations, has offered guidelines outlining steps that can be implemented to provide as safe an environment as possible when meeting in-person. Responsibility is shared equally among event organizers, the event venues and the event attendees – all have a role to play.

Based on our common set of beliefs in the value of live event experiences we know to be true, as
stakeholders we all have a role to play in the mitigation of risk. The code of conduct below is meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration to know that if we all collectively respect the significance of this contribution, we are by definition advocating for the well-being of our fellow global citizens and our industry.


Before Leaving Home

  • Follow relevant guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or your local health authority.
  • Adhere to government issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you will be travelling to and the region you are traveling from.
  • Evaluate your own health and that of people you are in close contact with; contact the meeting/event organizers if you have concerns.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.


On-site During the Event

  • Agree to provide proof of vaccination completion or a negative COVID test taken with 72 hours of event
  • Agree to wear a mask or facial covering required by the event organizers.
  • Adhere to social distance protocols put in place by the event organizers and respect others’ personal space.
  • Immediately leave the event at any time, if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Based on current contact tracing advice from many health authorities, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact the meeting/event organizers to advise them.

As a courtesy to any members who purchased tickets between Sept. 10th – Sept. 19th who wish to cancel, they may do so by Sept 24th, 2021.

Please contact info@midwestemmys.org or call 952-381-7494.

22nd annual

2021 Upper Midwest


It’s the biggest night in local TV & media production!

Saturday, October 9th
Radisson Blu Mall of America


Join our show hosts Sheletta Brundidge and Tane Danger as we celebrate Outstanding Achievements of media professionals across the Upper Midwest Emmy® Region.

Sheletta and Tane will bring their unique comedic personalities to the show which means you just might not know what they’ll do next!

Sheletta Brundidge

Sheletta Brundidge is an Emmy® Award-winning comedian, podcaster and beloved media personality.

Sheletta has been featured in People magazine and USA Today and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Tamron Hall Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She can be heard on WCCO Radio on “The Sheletta Show”.

You can also hear her on one of the two podcasts she hosts on SHElettaMakesMeLaugh.com, the podcasting platform she founded and created to celebrate Black culture.

Tane Danger

Tane Danger is a host, interviewer, producer, and comedian.

He is the co-founder and host of the nationally renowned civics-inspired improv comedy show, The Theater of Public Policy. At each show, Tane interviews newsmakers and big thinkers live on stage, usually over a beer. Then the show’s cast of improv comedians takes everything that’s been said and turns it into entirely unscripted improv comedy theater. The result is what the Star Tribune described as “C-SPAN invaded by the cast of SNL.” The show has produced more than 500 programs since it started in 2011, earning praise from both audiences and publications from Forbes Magazine to Roll Call. 

Tane is also the director of the Westminster Town Hall Forum; the midwest’s largest and most prestigious speaker’s series. Founded in 1980, the Forum has hosted lectures by more than 300 national-level speakers, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Gwen Ifill, and Vice President Al Gore, just to name a few.

Tane regularly appears on the Twin Cities Public Television program Almanac, providing colorful essays on politics and life in Minnesota.

Even with all those credits to his name, Tane is probably best known for his webseries with Metro Transit, “Hey! Where Does This Bus Go?” In each episode, Tane rides a Twin Cities bus route from start to finish, chatting with riders, cracking jokes, singing songs, and noting landmarks along the way.

Learn more and get in touch at TaneDanger.com.


This televised ceremony will be streamed for online and mobile devices on the Upper Midwest Emmy® YouTube channel and The Emmy® App.

The Emmy® App, is a dedicated platform powered by Vimeo. All programming is available watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmy® apps for iOS, tvOS, Android devices. FireTV, AndroidTV and Roku (full list at apps.theemmys.tv).


5:00PM — Registration opens (cash bar available)
5:30PM — Ballroom opens to seating
6:30PM — Dinner service begins
7:00PM — Gold & Silver Circle Honors dinner program
8:00PM — Regional Emmy® Awards


Get the star treatment at the Upper Midwest Emmy® Gala with complimentary valet parking sponsored by Lexus of Maplewood & Lexus of Wayzata.

Our professional valets will treat you right on Emmy® night!


When making reservations online, use promotional code:


- Complimentary use of our state-of-the-art fitness center

- Complimentary internet in each guestroom

- Business Center

- 24-Hour Room Service



Bibb Lettuce, Beans, Sliced Figs, Roast Grapes, Hazelnuts, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Chèvre Croustade.


Goddess Crusted Walleye: Red Lake Walleye w/ Leech Leech Lake Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Angel Carrots, Lemon Caper Sauce.

Farmer's Rotisserie Chicken (GF): Bone in chicken portion w/ Pearl Onion, Bacon, Fingerling Potato, Shitake Mushrooms, Asparagus.

Thyme & Butternut Farro Risotto (Vegan): Risotto with Grilled Eggplant and Asparagus Quills, Braised Fennel Escarole, Roast Tomatoes, Shallot Soubise.


Black Cherry Cheesecake

Flourless Chocolate Torte (GF)


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — Upper Midwest Chapter and its Foundation is proud to support the next generations of media content creators. Each year, we hold a fundraising drive and a silent auction to raise money for our 501 (c) 3 non-profit Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation (Fed. Tax ID# 20-1848994).

This Foundation provides scholarships and classroom grants to high school and college media students and programs across our region of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa & western Wisconsin.

ALL auction money goes directly to scholarships.


Mobile Donations

Help local media students & teachers.

Text "midwestemmys" to phone number 56651 and follow prompts to donate to Emmy® scholarships & classroom grants."