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RuPaul’s Drag Race makes history with Emmy Award wins

Josh Jackman September 18, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: RuPaul (C) and cast and crew accept the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for 'RuPaul's Drag Race' onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

RuPaul and the cast and crew of Drag Race accept Outstanding Reality Competition Programme Emmy for the first time (Kevin Winter/Getty)

RuPaul’s Drag Race has picked up five Emmy Awards in an unprecedented night of success for the show.

The iconic programme took home the Outstanding Reality Show honour for the first time ever, breaking The Voice and The Amazing Race‘s seven-year stranglehold on the trophy.

RuPaul, who this year became the first drag artist to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, also won the Outstanding Host for Reality Programme award for the third time in a row.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Outstanding Reality-Competition Program winners Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage, RuPaul, and Ross Mathews pose in the press room during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The show won five Emmys last night (Frazer Harrison/Getty)

“This is so lovely. Thank you so much,” RuPaul told the audience at the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday.

“Thank you to the Academy, this is so lovely.

“We are so happy to present this show. I would like to thank [you] on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild,” he added, prompting laughter from the audience.

RuPaul(C) and cast and crew accept the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for 'RuPaul's Drag Race' onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2018. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
RuPaul makes his speech after picking up the prestigious award (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty)

But this reaction was nothing compared to the response when he delved into the Drag Race phrasebook.

After thanking his crew, he also dedicated the trophy to “all of the dreamers out there.”

“Listen, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?” he said.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actors Leslie Jones (L) and RuPaul attend IMDb LIVE After The Emmys 2018 on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Leslie Jones and RuPaul (Rich Polk/Getty)

“Now let the music play!”

This year, the groundbreaking show featured the first ever transgender member of the Pit Crew.

And RuPaul also aimed shots at President Donald Trump’s administration during Season 10’s live finale.

He told viewers: “Here in the House of RuPaul, everybody is welcome. There ain’t no walls here to divide us. There’s only love.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Drag queen RuPaul is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
RuPaul speaks after being given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Amanda Edwards/Getty)

“Now, let’s say it loud enough that they can hear us in Washington DC. Everybody say love!”

The host added: “Now drive that down Pennsylvania Avenue and get your ass outta here!”

The show also included footage of Drag Race fans holding ‘Sashay Away Trump’ and ‘Lock Him Up’ signs at a Pride event during a montage.

More: Awards, drag, Emmy Awards, entertainment, rupaul, RuPaul's Drag Race, Television, US, US

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