Last night’s Emmy Awards proved to be an historic moment for RuPaul and Drag Race, as the VH1 show snagged its first Emmy in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category.
“Thank you to the Academy. This is so lovely. We are so happy to present this show. I would like to thank, on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild, I’d love to thank Dick Richards for introducing me to Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, and all of the dreamers out there.” said the drag star, who received a standing ovation at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Mama Ru rounded out her speech with one of her favorite sayings (made famous on Drag Race), “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play!”
Drag Race bested NBC’s The Voice and American Ninja Warrior, Bravo’s Project Runway and Top Chef, and CBS’ The Amazing Race.
The award win marked the first time that a series has taken both an Outstanding Host and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Emmy in the same year. The program won a total of five Emmy Awards this year.
See the moment Drag Race won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Emmy: