Sheryl Lee Ralph performed Dianne Reeves' "Endangered Species" onstage after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Ralph needed to be escorted onto the stage by her Abbott castmates when she won Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
She waited a few seconds before starting her acceptance speech with the song.
After she sang, she said, "To anyone who has ever had a dream and thought it couldn't come true, this is what believing looks like. Don't ever, ever give up."
She thanked Quinta Brunson, who approached her about the role, and her husband and children for being in her "corner."
Ralph thanked all her "friends" who voted for her and pumped her Emmy, receiving a standing ovation and loud cheers.
Ralph said backstage, "I've sung that song for years." I'm a black artist. I'm rare. No victim songs here. Female. Artist. Find and use your voice.
She also mentioned her childhood, saying, "I was the 5-year-old girl who watched Tinkerbell on Sunday nights. I'll be an actress in Hollywood and drive a Mustang.