EXCLUSIVE: Soap Opera Network has learned that the Daytime Emmy nomination for “Days of our Lives” star Victoria Grace is being rescinded due to a submission error.
On Wednesday, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) released the full list of nominees for “The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” which included a nomination for Grace in the category of Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series for her role as Wendy Shin on “Days of our Lives.” However, according to the official rules for this year’s Emmys, to be eligible for the Younger Performer category, entrants must be “no older than 18 years old on at least January 1, 2022.” Grace had already turned 21 in 2021.
As a result of the submission error, only three nominees remain in the category. This includes Cary Christopher (Thomas DiMera, “Days of our Lives”), Eden McCoy (Josslyn Jacks, “General Hospital”) and Henry Joseph Samiri (Douglas Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).
In a statement posted on Instagram, Grace said, “I was honored to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy and to be recognized by the Academy. Unfortunately, there was a huge misunderstanding across the board regarding the rules for this year’s category.” She added, “This is obviously a surprise and I am heartbroken, but in fairness to all, I‘ll be rescinding my nomination. I wish the best of luck to all the nominees. I will continue to work hard to earn another Daytime Emmy nomination next year!”
Grace joined the cast of “Days of our Lives” in October 2022 when she reprised the role of Wendy Shin after first appearing in the spin-off series “Beyond Salem: Chapter Two” in July 2022. Both shows are now streaming on Peacock.
Originally nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, “Days of our Lives” now sees its total reduced to 10 nominations. “Beyond Salem: Chapter Two” retains its three nominations.
Taking place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles, “The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” is set to air LIVE on Friday, June 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/delayed PT on CBS. The telecast will also be available to stream live and On Demand on Paramount+*.
*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service and On Demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to On Demand the day after the special airs.