The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards aired on September 19 and RuPaul made history with his latest wins. After Sunday’s event, the legendary host is now the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history with 11 total wins.
It’s a title that was previously held by cinematographer Donald A. Morgan. RuPaul's latest award comes from the Outstanding Competition Series category.
RuPaul’s Drag Race was the most nominated reality program this year, with RuPaul earning three individual nods as an executive producer and host. The show effectively beat out other titles such as “The Amazing Race,” “The Voice,” “Nailed It!,” and “Top Chef.”
Meanwhile at the Sept. 11 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, RuPaul also won an additional award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. It’s a category the iconic drag host has won for the past six consecutive years.
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RuPaul along with fellow judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews dedicated the award to all the queens featured on the show and to those who are yet to debut their talents to the world.
"Thanks to all of our lovely children on our show, from around the world," commented the drag icon during his award speech.
"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. For you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you. We are waiting for you, baby. Come home to Mama Ru!"
Before the big night, RuPaul shared a bit of his journey with the LA Times, proving that success takes perseverance and hardwork.
"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."