BIG WIN: Drag queen RuPaul Charles
POPULAR DRAG queen and TV presenter RuPaul Charles won his first Emmy at the 2016 Creative Arts awards.
Charles won the Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program award for his TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The show sees competing drag queens take on challenges involving acting, crafting drag couture and lip-syncing for their lives.
The awards were handed out over the weekend.
Charles beat out American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest, Dancing With the Stars’ Tom Bergeron, Hollywood Game Night’s Jane Lynch, Little Big Shots’ Steve Harvey and Project Runway’s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn to win his first ever Emmy Award.
"I really didn’t expect this," Charles said backstage after receiving the award.
“I came here thinking I got invited to the prom and I’m going to dance my a** off tonight, but I didn’t expect that I would have this in my hand while I was dancing.
“It’s a very special night not just for me but for all the young people around the world who dance to the beat of a different drummer."
Rocking a hot pink suit with white polka dots at the ceremony, Charles also coined a phrase by saying he and the show deserved “condragulations.” He said Drag Race represents “the tenacity of the human spirit” and hopes it will help young people “navigate their own unique stories.”
RuPaul also had an emotional reaction to his Emmy nomination in July.
“I dedicate this nomination to outsiders everywhere,” he said in a statement at the time.
“Brave souls who, against all odds, stick to their dreams and make the world a more colourful place. On behalf of those people — my tribe — I am so grateful.”