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RuPaul breaks Emmys record for most wins by a black performer

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RuPaul Charles just sashayed his way into Emmys history.

The longtime host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” claimed three awards at Sunday night’s 73rd annual Emmys at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, bringing his statuette total to 11 since 2016 — the most for any black performer in history and all of which he earned with the competition show.

The drag entertainer took home the awards for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program; Outstanding Competition Program; and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program — categories in which he’s been lauded time and again.

The event saw the 60-year-old icon’s 16th total nomination for the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise. The show overall has received 48 nominations and nabbed 24 Emmys.

RuPaul accepted one of the awards alongside longtime creative partner and “Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage, as well as Season 13 winner Symone and second-place finalist Gottmik.

Michelle Visage, RuPaul, Gottmik, and Symone at 73rd Emmy Awards
RuPaul stood alongside longtime creative partner and “Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage, as well as Season 13 winner Symone and second finalist Gottmik, during the 73rd annual Emmy Awards on Sunday.
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“Thanks to all of our lovely children on our show from around the world. They are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life, even more difficult today,” said the host. “This is for you, and for all you kids out there watching: you have a tribe that is waiting for you.

“Come on to Mama Ru!” he added.

It took until 2015 for “Drag Race,” launched in 2009, to win its first Emmy. The show’s success has since seen the format exported to the UK, Canada, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Philippines.

And there are no signs of RuPaul slowing down, as last month he announced the 14th season of “Drag Race” on VH1, plus a new season of the aftershow “Drag Race: Untucked” and the second installment of “Secret Celebrity Drag Race.”

Lady Gaga and RuPaul
While “RuPaul’s Drag Race” launched in 2009, the show didn’t land its first Emmy until 2015. RuPaul, shown here with Lady Gaga, won his first individual Emmy — for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program — in 2016.
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