RuPaul is paying tribute to Drag Race queen Chi Chi Devayne, who died at the age of 34 in August.
During his acceptance speech for outstanding host for a reality or competition program at the 2020 Creative Arts Emmys Saturday night, RuPaul dedicated the win to the late star. (The award marks RuPaul’s fifth win for hosting on RuPaul’s Drag Race.)
“I’d like to dedicate this Emmy to one of my girls, Chi Chi DeVayne. May you rest in power and perfection,” RuPaul said.
RuPaul also praised his fellow “LGBT brothers and sisters.”
“Tonight the only political statement I want to make is this: love. Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for our Black queens and brown queens and love for the United States of America,” he added.
Padma Lakshmi also honored DeVayne, writing on Twitter to RuPaul, “Congratulations my dear friend [heart emoji] we will never forget Chi Chi DeVayne’s legacy.
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) September 20, 2020