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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” makes history with best competition series win at Primetime Emmys

As predicted by many, RuPaul’s Drag Race, produced by World of Wonder for VH1, has once again taken home the Emmy for best competition series. And this time the win ...
September 19, 2021

As predicted by many, RuPaul’s Drag Race, produced by World of Wonder for VH1, has once again taken home the Emmy for best competition series. And this time the win has made history.

RuPaul Charles, host and executive producer of the series, is now the most awarded Black artist in Emmy history, with this most recent win as EP pf the long-running competition series bringing Charles up to 11 career wins.

The honor was bestowed during a live, in-person presentation of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday (September 19) at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

The nominees list included several programs that have frequently been up for the honor, with CBS’s The Amazing Race, Netflix’s Nailed It!, NBC’s The Voice, and Bravo’s Top Chef also vying for the prize.

Documentarian Liz Garbus was also up for an Emmy this evening, but this time for a scripted project — her direction of the finale for the most recent season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu earned her a nomination in the outstanding directing for a drama series category. She lost to Jessica Hobbs, who grabbed the Emmy for her work on The Crown.

The ceremony comes a week after the Creative Arts Emmys, which saw RuPaul’s Drag Race take home four awards, including outstanding unstructured reality program and outstanding host for a reality program.

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