RuPaul made history over the weekend by becoming the most-awarded Black artist in the history of the Emmys in the last 73 years.
His show RuPaul’s Drag Race won the Emmy for Outstanding Competition program for the fourth consecutive time. RuPaul, the host and executive producer of the series, now has 11 Emmys to his name, having won the first one in 2016.
He has broken cinematographer Donald A. Morgan’s previous record by becoming the Black artist with the maximum number of Emmy awards. Morgan, who received nominations across various sitcoms like The Upshaws, Last Man Standing and The Conners did not win in the nominated category.
RuPaul’s Drag Race won against Nailed It!, Top Chef, The Amazing Race and The Voice who were all nominated in the same category.
Of the 11 Emmys that RuPaul can flaunt, he has won six Emmys consecutively for being the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program which is another groundbreaking record in its own right.
Along with his co-host Michelle Visage and contestants Gottmik and Symone, RuPaul went to accept the award. “Thanks to all our lovely children on our show from around the world,” he said.
He thanked them for displaying bravery and courage in narrating their stories to the rest of the world. “They are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life, even more difficult today, this is for you,” said RuPaul.
He continued, “And for you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you. We are waiting for you baby, come on to mama Ru.”
The spin-off to the show, Untucked has won an Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program at the 73rd Emmys.
Watch RuPaul’s acceptance speech below: