'RuPaul's Drag Race' Most Awarded Reality Competition Show in Emmy History

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 22, 2020

RuPaul  (Source:Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

With its six Emmy wins last weekend — including RuPaul in the Competition Host category, as EDGE reported — "RuPaul's Drag Race" is now the most-awarded reality competition series in the Television Academy's history, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The series has won a total of 19 Emmys in its 11-year run — which is two more than ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" which won 17 over the last 15 years. RuPaul's Emmy win on Sunday marks the fifth for the host. The show also received accolades for casting, editing, and hairstyling. Season 2 runner-up Raven also scored a 2020 Emmy for her work in make-up on the series.

When RuPaul accepted his Emmy on Saturday night, the iconic drag queen remarked:

"I've always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I'm making a political statement. Well, tonight, the only political statement I want to make is this: Love. Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens, and love for the United States of America, where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussycat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet, sensitive souls everywhere."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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