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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” takes competition category at Primetime Emmys

RuPaul’s Drag Race emerged victorious in the reality competition category at the 71st annual Primetime Emmy awards, held tonight (Sept. 22) in Los Angeles. The show’s host, RuPaul Charles (pictured) — ...
September 22, 2019

RuPaul’s Drag Race emerged victorious in the reality competition category at the 71st annual Primetime Emmy awards, held tonight (Sept. 22) in Los Angeles.

The show’s host, RuPaul Charles (pictured) — who recently won the award for outstanding host for a reality or competition program at the Creative Arts Emmys — accepted the honor onstage. 

“Thank you guys so much,” Charles said. “We are so proud of this show and we are so happy for all the gorgeous kids who come on this show… Thanks to the Academy for voting for us because we love you for that.”

Creative Arts Emmy awards were handed out last Saturday, with Netflix’s Queer Eye and Our Planet, HBO’s Leaving Neverland and Nat Geo’s Free Solo among the winners.

Across categories, the platform/network with the most nominations for this year was HBO with 137, followed by Netflix with 117, NBC with 58 and Amazon Prime Video with 47. Cable nets predominantly airing non-fiction racking up multiple nominations include CNN with 17, BBC America with nine and A&E with five.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Nominees for the category for this year are listed below with the winner in bold.

Competition Program:
The Amazing Race, CBS
American Ninja Warrior, NBC
Nailed It!, Netflix
RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1 (winner)
Top Chef, Bravo
The Voice , NBC

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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