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RuPaul's Drag Race wins 5th Emmy Award for Best Reality Competition

RuPaul's Drag Race wins 5th Emmy Award for Best Reality Competition

RuPaul during his acceptance speech at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards
Image: Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images

Mama Ru’s show is back on top with another win for Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Snatching trophies like it ain’t nothing!

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, MTV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race won its fifth Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. Overall, this is the show’s 28th trophy at the Emmys.

During his speech, RuPaul commented on the anti-drag bills pushed by conservatives that have been targeting drag performers in the past few years.

“We are so honored to have this award. You guys are just lovely for honoring our show and recognizing all these queens. We have released into the wild hundreds of drag queens,” Ru said. “And listen, if a drag queen wants to read you a story at a library, listen to her, because knowledge is power. And if someone tries to restrict your access to power, they are trying to scare you. So listen to a drag queen!”

Drag Race’s first four Emmy Awards in this category were consecutive wins between 2018 and 2021. In 2022, however, Drag Race season 14 lost to the Prime Video series Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.

The 15th season of Drag Race has now brought the show back to its winning position. Moreover, this is the series’ first win under its new network, MTV, after airing for many years on other Paramount-owned cable networks like VH1 and Logo TV.As the host, main judge, and executive producer of Drag Race, this new win is RuPaul’s 14th Emmy Award out of a whopping 22 nominations.

Drag Race season 15 featured a fierce cast of 16 queens consisting of Amethyst, Anetra, Aura Mayari, Irene DuBois, Jax, Loosey LaDuca, Luxx Noir London, Malaysia Babydoll Foxx, Marcia Marcia Marcia, Mistress Isabelle Brooks, Princess Poppy, Robin Fierce, Salina EsTitties, Sasha Colby, Sugar, and Spice. In the end, the top two queens of the season were Sasha and Anetra, and Sasha was crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.

MTV is currently airing Drag Race season 16, which just premiered on Jan. 5 with record-breaking ratings for the series.

Condragulations are in order to Mama Ru and this fierce cast of season 15 queens!

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 airs every Friday on MTV.

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Bernardo Sim experiences and explains the queer pop culture multiverse. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.

Bernardo Sim experiences and explains the queer pop culture multiverse. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.