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RuPaul's Drag Race Snatches Emmy for Best Reality Competition

RuPaul's Drag Race Snatches Emmy for Best Reality Competition


It was a golden year for the VH1 reality show, which made herstory at the Emmy Awards.

RuPaul's Drag Race has finally won an Emmy.

The VH1 reality competition triumphed Monday in the category of Reality Competition Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?" said gay host RuPaul, who took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "Now let the music play!"

RuPaul accepted the award "on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild" and addressed his speech to "all the dreamers" watching.

Drag Race bested Bravo's Top Chef, NBC's The Voice, NBC's American Ninja Warrior, CBS's The Amazing Race, and Lifetime's Project Runway.

Earlier this month, RuPaul took home Outstanding Host for the third year in a row at the Creative Arts Emmys. This year, the show received four wins out of a total of 10 nominations. Its Untucked behind-the-scenes series also received two nominations.

It also made Emmys herstory by becoming the first reality show to win best series and host in the same year.

RuPaul appeared earlier in the ceremony, televised live on NBC and co-hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, as part of the opening musical act, which joked that Hollywood has finally "solved" its diversity problem. Others in the LGBTQ-inclusive number included Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Sterling K. Brown, Ricky Martin, and John Legend.

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