RuPaul Drags His Way to Emmy History as Most Awarded Black Artist

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RuPaul Charles is on track to make Emmy history as his VH1 show RuPaul’s Drag Race once again racks up plenty of nominations. 

If RuPaul’s Drag Race receives its fourth consecutive Emmy in the competition category on September 19, RuPaul himself will shatter the record for most-awarded Black artist in the award show’s history, per Variety

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RuPaul won two additional career honors at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys, tying with cinematographer Donald A. Morgan for the most accolades. The producer-host took top place in the outstanding casting for a reality program and outstanding host for a reality or competition program categories. 

Primetime Emmys are up next, and RuPaul is expected to continue his winning streak. 

The triumph would establish its own friendly competition, matching RuPaul’s Drag Race with The Voice as the second-most-honored competition series since the show’s inception in 2003. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked also took first place at the Creative Arts Emmys in the unstructured reality category for the first time. 

“We encourage them that this is their time. In a true docu-style, we’re letting them lead the action. As producers, it’s important to be a good listener. You need to be,” producer San Heng previously shared with EW about working with RuPaul’s crew for Untucked. “We have no agenda in Untucked, other than capturing whatever we can. We try to anticipate what might happen, but [the queens] surprise me all the time, and what they surprise me with is far better than anything I can anticipate.” 

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RuPaul’s Drag Race is in its 13th season on VH1. The latest season has the following synopsis, “America’s most sickening queens compete in fashion and performance challenges in the hopes of snatching the crown as the next drag superstar.”

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