Sheryl Lee Ralph celebrates her Emmy win for 'Abbott Elementary' with a song

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(CNN)"Abbott Elementary" star Sheryl Lee Ralph utilized her Emmy acceptance code to punctual the assemblage -- and viewers everyplace -- that she's got large pipes.

While connected stage, Ralph, who won the Emmy for outstanding supporting histrion successful a drama for her relation arsenic seasoned teacher Barbara Howard, broke retired into Dianne Reeves' opus "Endangered Species."

"I americium an endangered species, but I sing nary victim's song," she sang astatine the ceremony, bringing the full assemblage to its feet. "I americium a woman, I americium an artist. And I cognize wherever my dependable belongs."

    Ralph was shocked by her win. Upon proceeding her named called, she leaned connected co-star Tyler James Williams, who led her to the stage. Then she composed herself, sang a capella and launched into a rousing triumph speech.

      "To anyone, who has ever, ever had a imagination and thought your imagination wasn't, wouldn't, couldn't travel existent -- I americium present to archer you that this is what believing looks like," she said to applause. "This is what striving looks like. And don't you ever ever springiness up connected you."

      The histrion thanked her co-star and "Abbott Elementary" creator, Quinta Brunson, for her support, arsenic good arsenic her husband, Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes and their children.

        Ralph has worked successful amusement since the 1970s, appearing successful spot parts connected TV earlier her debut connected Broadway successful the archetypal 1981 accumulation of "Dreamgirls," for which she earned a Tony nomination. This is her archetypal Emmy information and win.

          "Abbott Elementary" was nominated for 7 Emmys astatine this year's ceremony.

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