"I really didn't expect this," Charles toldThe Hollywood Reporter backstage after accepting the honor.
"I came here thinking I got invited to the prom and I'm going to dance my ass 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."
This marked Charles' first-ever nomination. When nominations were first announced in July, Charles dedicated his nomination to "outsiders everywhere" who stick to their dreams and "make the world a more colorful place."
The award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program was first handed out in 2008 and has been won by Survivor host Jeff Probst four times.