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RuPaul’s Drag Race on Monday won the Emmy for best reality competition program, making it the fourth show ever to win the category. RuPaul himself made history, becoming the first to win the reality competition category and outstanding host for a reality or reality competition program in the same year.
The VH1 host accepted the Emmy, and relayed his trademark phrase to “all the dreamers” watching: “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?! Can I get an amen?!”
Drag Race earned a whopping 10 nominations — plus two for its aftershow, Untucked — and ended up taking home a total of five awards this year.
“There’s an interesting balance of entertainment and of deep stories that really touch our audience,” RuPaul told The Hollywood Reporter backstage. “I think that is why people love us so much, and I think that’s why we got the Emmy.”
The show beat out NBC’s The Voice, CBS’ The Amazing Race, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s Top Chef.
Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on NBC.