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RuPaul sets record for most Emmys by a Black artist

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RuPaul is striking a pose in the history books, setting a record for the most Emmy Award wins by a Black artist.

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” executive producer and host picked up his 11th Emmy at Sunday’s awards ceremony in Los Angeles, beating out other nominees including “The Amazing Race,” “The Voice,” “Top Chef” and “Nailed It!” in the competition series category.

“Thanks to all of our lovely children on our show from around the world,” the VH1 personality, born RuPaul Charles, said while accepting his Emmy for the show’s 13th season. “They are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life — even more difficult today.” 


“This is for you. And for you kids out there watching: You have a tribe that is waiting for you,” the 60-year-old performer added. 

“We are waiting for you, baby. Come on to Mama Ru!”

Last week, RuPaul had tied with cinematographer Donald A. Morgan at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for most wins by a person of color, before ultimately earning the sole distinction on Sunday with his 11th trophy.
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