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Halsey Performs Touching Stripped-Down Cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” at the Emmys

Halsey performing at the Emmys
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Halsey (R) performs onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Halsey gave a performance of  Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time” during the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards‘ “In Memoriam” segment on Sunday, September 22. The singer delivered a simpler, stripped-back version of the ’80s hit with a piano accompaniment, a fitting soundtrack for the remembrance. Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton was among the late film and TV personalities memorialized, as were Doris Day, Jan-Michael Vincent, and others.

Though there were one or two surprise wins (namely Jharrel Jerome for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series and Billy Porter for Lead Actor in a Drama Series), the Emmys ceremony belonged to the inimitable Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose excellent second season of Fleabag picked up awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Writing for a Comedy Series, Directing for a Comedy Series, and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Game of Thrones won 12 of its historic 32 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister.

Among the night’s biggest disappointments: Megan Amram’s An Emmy for Megan was denied an award for the second year in a row, and Pen15 co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle losing out to Fleabag in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category.