RuPaul Charles on Sunday nabbed his
first Emmy award at the Creative Arts Emmys in the Outstanding Host
for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program category.
“Earlier this year I was quoted as
saying I'd rather have an enema than an Emmy,” RuPaul
said in accepting his prize. “But thanks to the Television
Academy, I can have both!”
RuPaul, the host of Logo's RuPaul's
Drag Race, was competing against two openly gay nominees: Jane
Lynch, the host of Hollywood Game Night, and Tim Gunn, the
host of Project Runway.
Lynch won the award last year.
“I came here thinking, 'Wow, I got
invited to the prom and I'm going to dance my ass off tonight,'”
RuPaul – holding his statuette and dressed in a pink polka dot suit
– told reporters backstage. “I didn't expect I was going to have
this in my hand for the dance.”
This was RuPaul's first nomination,
which he dedicated to “outsiders everywhere.”
“I dedicate this nomination to
outsiders everywhere,” he said in July. “Brave souls who,
against all odds, stick to their dreams and make the world a more
colorful place. On behalf of those people – my tribe – I am so