3 Times the 2017 Emmys Made History

Donald Glover, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and writer Lena Waithe make Emmys history.

The Emmys were full of expected and surprising victories Sunday, but only a few were particularly important.

History was made by three winners: Donald Glover, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Waithe.

Here's how:

First Black Woman Wins in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Category

While in 2017 it may seem entirely plausible to assume a black woman had already won an Emmy for writing an episode of comedic television, it actually just happened for the first time.

Lena Waithe, who is also gay, took home an Emmy Sunday for co-writing the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Master of None" with series creator and star Aziz Ansari.

She thanked her "LGBTQIA family," and added the world "would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it."

Watch her acceptance speech above.

First Black Person to Win Emmy for Directing a Comedy

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Donald Glover was a huge hit at the CBS ceremony, not only winning his first two Emmys for his work on "Atlanta -- both in front of and behind the camera -- but also breaking down barriers in the process as the first black person to win the Emmy in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category.

He was also one of the best dressed stars of the night in that purple tuxedo. So much winning.

Most Wins by a Performer for One Role

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home her sixth consecutive Emmy award Sunday for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and every win was for portraying the same character: Selina Meyer.

As of 2016, Louis-Dreyfus was tied with Candice Bergen, who won five times for playing Murphy Brown.

"This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter utter joy," she said during her acceptance speech.

The final "Veep" season will air in 2018, and if the actress wins again, she'll break another record: most Primetime Emmy wins by a single performer. Her eight wins throughout her career currently tie Cloris Leachman's Emmy achievements.

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