UPDATED with backstage video: Rupaul’s Drag Race won its first Emmy for Best Reality Competition Program on Monday, marking the first time Best Reality-Competition Program and Best Reality Host have gone to the same show in the same year.
RuPaul’s Drag Race broke into this derby for the first time last year. Gaining steam, the VH1 show doubled its Emmy haul at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, bagging four more trophies, including a third consecutive win for host RuPaul Charles.
“Thank you so much!” RuPaul emoted, picking up tonight’s Emmy for best in genre. “This is so lovely. To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show” and the “140 drag queens we have released into the wild.”
Addressing “all of the dreamers out there,” RuPaul advised, “Listen, if you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else. Can I get a ‘Amen’ out there!?”
RuPaul’s Drag Race won in a category that included CBS’ The Amazing Race, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and The Voice, Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s Top Chef.