Emmys: RuPaul Charles Named Best Reality Host, Marks First-Ever Win
The awards were handed out over two nights this weekend in Los Angeles.
RuPaul Charles won the Emmy Award for outstanding host of a reality or reality competition series on Sunday night for Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race.
American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Dancing With the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Hollywood Game Night's Jane Lynch, Little Big Shots' Steve Harvey and Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn also were in the running for the award.
"I really didn’t expect this," Charles said backstage after accepting the statuette. "I came here thinking I got invited to the prom and I’m going to dance my ass off tonight, but i didn’t expect that I would have this in my hand while I was dancing. It’s a very special night not just for me but for all the young people around the world who dance to the beat of a different drummer."
This marked Charles' first-ever nomination.
"I dedicate this nomination to outsiders everywhere," he said in a statement after the noms were announced in July. "Brave souls who, against all odds, stick to their dreams and make the world a more colorful place. On behalf of those people — my tribe — I am so grateful."
The award, which has only been given out since 2008, has been won by Survivor host Jeff Probst four times. Lynch has won twice, and Klum and Gunn have won once.
RuPaul's Drag Race also scored another nom: Zaldy Goco was cited for best costumes for a variety, nonfiction or reality program. Nominated in the category as well were Dancing With the Stars, Grease: Live, Saturday Night Live and The Wiz Live!, which won the award.
The show just wrapped its eighth season on Logo.
The Creative Arts Emmys, which typically take place over just one night, were split this year and held on Saturday night and Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.