The 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards kicked off last Saturday night at The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The ceremony honors outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of television program genres, guest performances in weekly series, as well as exceptional work in the animation, reality and documentary categories.
Celebrities in attendance included Kim Kardashian West, Rachel Bloom and Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France and Antoni Porowski.
Queer talent swept up quite a number of trophies over the evening. RuPaul’s Drag Race won for Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Costumes and RuPaul Charles won for Outstanding Host for the fourth time. The latter win means that Ru is now tied with Survivor’s Jeff Probst for the most wins in the host category.
RuPaul dedicated his win to Drag Race co-executive producer Jacqueline Wilson who recently died and said the show helps foster acceptance “for all the kids who dance to the beat of a different drummer.”
The TV host originally shared the news of Wilson’s passing on Twitter last Wednesday.
“Our beloved colleague Jacqueline Wilson has passed away,” he wrote. “I could never express in words her invaluable contribution to the success of #DragRace, and to all the lives of those who were fortunate enough to have worked alongside her. Love always, my friend.”
Other wins for the evening included Hannah Gadsby for Nanette which won Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, and Fox’s live RENT production featuring Valentina, which won Outstanding Production Design for Variety Special. Queer Eye nabbed four wins, including its second consecutive trophy for structured reality program. Notably, Beyonce was snubbed for her concert film Homecoming, which was nominated for six Emmys.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will continue tonight before leading into the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards which is set for Sunday, September 22 at the Microsoft Theater.
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