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RuPaul Wins 6th Hosting Emmy, Ties for Most Emmys for a Black Artist

RuPaul at the Emmys with a trophy

More metal for the mantle.

RuPaul picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday. The trophy is his sixth in the category. Last year, when he received his fifth, he became the most awarded as a host. 

“I started in television 40 years ago on a public access station in Atlanta, Georgia. A little show called The American Music Show," the performer and host said at the ceremony. "They were so kind to me to have me do my hard yards there years ago, and I want to thank them for being so kind to me and all the people in this business who’ve been kind. I’ve got to tell you, the sweetness and the kindness is what I appreciate the most today. In fact, the sweetness and the kindness are at the top of my list of human virtues. After that would be a big fat ass. Thank you so much for this award."

The trophy means that RuPaul has 10 Emmys personally. These include the six for hosting and three as the executive producer of RuPaul's Drag Race. The final Emmy was picked up on Sunday as well when the RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked after-show also picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. He is an executive producer for that project, which has been nominated since 2017.

The 10 Emmys put RuPaul in a tie with Donald A. Morgan for the most Emmy wins by a person of color in the awards show's history. If Drag Race were to win Outstanding Competition Program at the Primetime Emmy awards, RuPaul, as executive producer, would break the tie. 

In addition to these two wins, this year Drag Race also picked up Emmys for Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competiton Program. 

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