Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race were ecstatic when RuPaul won Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last year. So, naturally, fans will death-drop at the show’s first ever Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Drag Race received a total of seven nominations.
The nomination comes off the heels of the most successful season of Drag Race which saw Sasha Velour crowned as America’s Next Drag Superstar. Season 9, which ran from March to June this year, was the most watched yet, likely made possible through its transition from Logo to VH1. Guest stars such as Lady Gaga and Kesha increased the visibility of the show and add hope to the show’s continued success.
After the nominations were announced, RuPaul made a statement in gratuity to the team behind RPDR:
“I want to thank the academy for honoring the entire cast and crew of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ my family at World of Wonder, and our champions at VH1. It takes a village, people! Their creativity and dedication to telling the stories of our brave and talented queens never ceases to amaze, amuse and inspire.”
In contention with Drag Race are The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, Top Chef and last year’s winner The Voice. Dancing With the Stars has been snubbed for the first time since 2005.
The series has also been nominated for Outstanding Casting, Costumes, Hair-styling, Makeup, and Picture Editing. The behind-the-scenes digital series Untucked also enjoys an Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program nomination.
Clearly the show is becoming ever more popular and reaching a wider aufience, despite RuPaul’s previous assertion that “it will never be mainstream“. Let’s continue to prove him wrong.
Condragulations, to RuPaul and the rest of the team behind Drag Race.