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Snatching trophies: RuPaul becomes the most-awarded Black artist in Emmy history

By AYIE LICSI Published Sep 20, 2021 11:38 am

Condragulations, Mama Ru!

RuPaul has snagged his 11th Emmy win, making him the most-awarded Black artist in the award show's history.

His show, RuPaul's Drag Race, won Outstanding Competition Program, beating out Nailed It, The Amazing Race, The Voice, and Top Chef. This is the fourth consecutive year the reality competition, wherein RuPaul serves as an executive producer and host, has won the award.

On Sept. 12, the drag legend also bagged his sixth straight Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

In his acceptance speech, RuPaul put the spotlight on the show's contestants.

"Thanks to all of our lovely children on our show from around the world. You know, 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," he said, accepting the speech alongside Michelle Visage and Drag Race season 13 queens Symone and Gottmik.

(L-R) RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, RuPaul, and contestants Gottmik and Symone.

RuPaul ended his speech with a message for gender non-conforming viewers. "And for the kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you—we are waiting for you, baby! Come on to Mama Ru! Thank you so much.”

RuPaul's Drag Race first hit the air in 2009 and has seen 13 seasons with 166 drag queens competing. The show has been renewed for a 14th season on VH1 where a new batch of queens will compete for the title of America's next drag superstar.