RuPaul’s Drag Race has sashayed back into winning form.
The show, which moved from VH1 to MTV with its 15th season, won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program.
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It beat CBS’ The Amazing Race and Survivor as well as NBCUniversal’s Top Chef and The Voice.
It marks the series’ fifth Emmy win, having lost out to Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls last year in a surprise win for the Amazon show.
RuPaul’s Drag Race previously won this category four years in a row between 2018 and 2021.
RuPaul, who was handed the award by Joel McHale and Ken Jeong, had an important message after winning.
“We are so honored to have this award. Listen, you guys are just pure lovely for honoring our show and recognizing all these queens. We have released into the wild, hundreds of drag queens and they’re beautiful. On behalf of all them, we thank you. If a drag queen wants to read you a story at a library, listen to her because knowledge is power and if someone tries to restrict your access to power, they are trying to scare you, so listen to a drag queen. We love you, thank you,” he said.
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RuPaul also won Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, taking his total to 14 wins in 22 nominations across the years. Spinoff RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked was also nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program last weekend but lost to FX’s Welcome To Wrexham.
Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which premiered in January 2023, featured the largest cast in the show’s history with 16 queens competing for $200,000, the largest cash prize the show has offered. It featured biological twins, Sugar and Spice and was judged by Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Matthews and Ts Madison.
The season was won by Sasha Colby, the second trans woman to win the main series.
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