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Keke Palmer is an Emmy award-winning actress, singer, songwriter, producer and television host. She recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Universal summer blockbuster Nope opposite Daniel Kaluuya, earning unanimously rave reviews from critics and audiences alike as well as a NY Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress. Lauded as “incomparable” and “unforgettable,” Keke also voiced the new character “Izzy” in Disney/Pixar's Lightyear, and hosted NBC's reboot of Password with Jimmy Fallon, earning her a nomination for the 'Outstanding Host For A Game Show' Award at the 2023 Emmys. She launched her record-breaking podcast, Baby, This is Keke Palmer, with Wondery/Amazon and will next star in (and produce) The Universal Studios comedy, The Backup opposite Kevin Hart, followed by David O. Russell’s Super Toys opposite Sacha Baron Cohen.
In fall 2022 Keke launched her own digital network, KeyTV, dedicated to spotlighting a new generation of diverse creators and democratizing the entertainment industry. For KeyTV she has written, produced and/or starred in various scripted and unscripted original content including her directorial debut, the short film Big Boss, that was accompanied by an album of the same title which was released in May 2023.
In 2021, Palmer received a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of the five Taylor family members in her own series, Turnt Up With the Taylors which she produced with Kids at Play for Facebook Watch based on the original characters who rose to popularity on her social media.
She lends her voice to “Maya” in Disney+'s revival of The Proud Family and voiced “Rochelle” in Netflix’s new Big Mouth spinoff, Human Resources after appearing in Season 5 of Big Mouth. Palmer hosted Disney+’s food competition show, Foodtastic and can be heard voicing the role of “Brynn” opposite Pete Davidson in Broadway Video’s Audible scripted podcast, Hit Job.
Keke was tapped to host Vogue’s first-ever official Livestream for the 2021 Met Gala which garnered 15 million views across all platforms and 54 million minutes watched in the first 24 hours alone, with Vogue touting record breaking viewership and digital engagement around the event. She also hosted the 2020 MTV VMA Awards which boasted a whopping 4.1 million social media impressions, the most impressions of any event that year just behind the Super Bowl. In 2020 Keke received an Emmy nomination for her work as a host on ABC’s GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke and hosted Quibi’s Singled Out based on the iconic 90s MTV series. She also released two hit EP’s, Virgo Tendencies: Part 1 & 2 from her own Big Bosses Record Label. She hosted Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President and Our White House, the official inauguration day program for kids. Keke recently starred opposite Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Constance Wu in Hustlers for Gloria Sanchez & STX, directed by Lorene Scafaria, which was released to massive critical and popular acclaim.
Palmer rose to prominence through her breakout role in Akeelah and the Bee at age 12 starring opposite Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne and has gone on to star in over 25 films and 30 TV shows. In 2018, she played the lead in the dark and gritty film, Pimp, executive produced by Lee Daniels. She also starred in 20th Century Fox Television and Lee Daniels Entertainment’s hit television show Star, EPIX’s Berlin Station and FOX’s Scream Queens produced by Ryan Murphy.
Keke has broken barriers from a young age, becoming the youngest actress ever to receive a SAG Award nomination in a lead actor category for her work in The Wool Cap at the age of 10, the youngest and first Black Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic musical, Cinderella on Broadway, the first Black woman to star as Marty in the Emmy-nominated TV movie version of Grease Live! and the youngest talk show host in history. She is a passionate activist for the causes she believes in and an advocate for young people. She hopes to inspire her millennial contemporaries to harness their power and drive the change they hope to see in the world.