Emmy Awards 2013 Top Moments: Emotional In Memoriam Speeches, Elton John’s Liberace Tribute

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Elton John performs "Home Again" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Hollywood's biggest names came out for television's biggest night on Sunday, Sept. 22. The 2013 Emmy Awards, held at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, were chock full of clever one-liners, funny acceptance speeches, one-of-a-kind musical performances, and emotional tributes to stars we've lost in the last year. See the full list of winners here, and check out highlights from the show in the round-up below.

1. Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, and Others Remembered in Moving In Memoriam Speeches by Jane Lynch, Edie Falco

Unlike past Emmys, which have traditionally featured one long In Memoriam photo montage, the 2013 Emmy Awards honored five late stars individually via personal speeches by close friends and colleagues. Those who received special recognition included actor Cory Monteith (remembered by Glee costar Jane Lynch), actor James Gandolfini (remembered by Sopranos costar Edie Falco), producer Gary David Goldberg (remembered by Family Ties star Michael J. Fox), actress Jean Stapleton (remembered by All in the Family costar Rob Reiner), and actor Jonathan Winters (remembered by Mork and Mindy costar Robin Williams.)

2. Elton John Celebrates Liberace With Special Performance of "Home Again"

Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, who costarred in the Emmy-winning HBO Liberace film Behind the Candelabra, took the stage at the Emmys to introduce a bedazzled-suit-wearing Elton John, who honored his late pal with a performance of his new song "Home Again."

3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Accepts Her Best Actress Emmy With Help From Veep Costar 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy Series showed just why the Veep star has won over Emmy voters again and again. Accompanied by costar Tony Hale (who picked up a statuette of his own), the Seinfeld alum accepted her award in character as Selina Meyer, with Hale on hand to feed her names and lines (as his character does on the HBO show). 

4. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Heckle Host Neil Patrick Harris, Tell Him to Twerk Like Miley Cyrus

Neil Patrick Harris was the host of the 2013 Emmy Awards, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler nearly stole the show even before the first trophy had been presented. Wearing 3-D glasses and munching popcorn, the BFFs (and onetime Golden Globes hostesses) heckled Harris from their seats, advising him to take off his pants and twerk like Miley Cyrus.

5. Nathan Fillion, Sarah Silverman Join Neil Patrick Harris for "Middle of the Show" Musical Number

Opening numbers are so last year. Neil Patrick Harris shook things up a little by putting a big song-and-dance number in the middle of the show instead of at the beginning. Joined by Nathan Fillion, Sarah Silverman, and several backup dancers, the How I Met Your Mother actor spun around the stage while belting out lyrics about the underrated "middle of the show."

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