The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Television Academy voters delivered a special message to RuPaul on Sunday: “Shantay, you stay in the history books.”
VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race won a trophy for outstanding competition program at tonight’s telecast, a victory that gives RuPaul an 11th Emmy and solidifies his place as the most decorated Black artist in Emmy Awards history.
During the show’s acceptance speech, Ru did not make mention of the history-making win. Instead, he thanked the Academy, Viacom and CBS and “all of you gorgeous people here tonight.”
Speaking to “SNL” performer Bowen Yang for the LA Times prior to the ceremony, the host and executive producer said the possibility of making history was meaningful.
“I have all the scars to show you from a career in show business,” he said. “Actually, I climbed up on stage, the first time for money, in 1982 and I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s been a long, hard road, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.”
Six of RuPaul’s wins were for outstanding host for a reality or competition program, the latest of which was won at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys.
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RuPaul won the Outstanding Competition Program award for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE
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