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RuPaul Charles wins Outstanding Reality Host Emmy Award for 'RuPaul's Drag Race'


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/12/2016 

RuPaul Charles has won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program for RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo.

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Charles received the award Sunday night, defeating the following nominees: 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.

"I really didn't expect this," Charles told The 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.

RuPaul's Drag Race just finished airing its eighth season on Logo.

The Creative Arts Emmys took place on both Saturday and Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.


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