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Jane Lynch presents a tribute to Cory Monteith on stage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. Monteith died on July 13. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The Emmys celebrated the best that television has to offer, giving top honor to shows like "Modern Family," "Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards," among others.

But Sunday night's awards also recognized some of TV's greatest contributors who sadly weren't able to attend the star-studded event.

Entertainers took the stage throughout the event to pay a heartfelt tribute to late stars including Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini and Gary David Goldberg.

Here's a look at some of the touching moments at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

Cory Monteith: Tribute by Jane Lynch

"All that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality that we loved in Cory was no act," said Glee co-star Jane Lynch.

"Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of use here tonight can relate to. Tonight, we remember Cory for all he was, and mourn the loss for all he could have been."

James Gandolfini: Tribute by Edie Falco

"His portrayal of Tony Soprano has such depth and dimension that there are still a lot of people who have a hard time believing that's not who he really way," said "The Sopranos" co-star Edie Falco.

"Well, I'm here to tell you, Jim was really quite different. He had tremendous warmth and heart. He was kind and uniquely generous."

Gary David Goldberg: Tribute by Michael J. Fox.

"To his peers, Gary David Goldberg was the Emmy winning creator and producer of "Family Ties" and "Spin City," among others," said Michael J. Fox. "To me, Gary was my mentor, benefactor, second father and beloved friend.,

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