Creative Arts Emmys 2017: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ waltzes past ‘Amazing Race’ as most awarded reality competition show ever

Going into the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys there was a tie for the most awarded reality-competition show in history: “The Amazing Race” and “Dancing with the Stars” both had 15 trophies, and both had nominations this year. However, “The Amazing Race” didn’t win any Creative Arts prizes, while “DWTS” claimed two, so that gives “DWTS” the lead with 17 total victories.

The tie-breaking 16th victory for “DWTS” came early in the night when it claimed Best Variety Series Lighting Design for “Cirque Du Soleil Night.” Then it added its 17th trophy later in the evening when Mandy Moore prevailed for choreographing the group numbers “On Top of the World” and “Carol of the Bells”; she tied with Travis Wall for “So You Think You Can Dance.” That was the third victory for “DWTS” in the Best Choreography race, and the first that wasn’t for Derek Hough, who prevailed in 2013 and 2015 and was nominated again this year.

This record-breaking outcome for “DWTS” is somewhat bittersweet, however. It comes in the year when the TV academy snubbed the show for the first time for Best Reality-Competition Program and Best Reality Host for past winner Tom Bergeron. That means the show is done for the season, as it has no other nominations at this year’s Emmys. “The Amazing Race,” on the other hand, does contend for Best Reality Competition Program, so it will make an appearance next Sunday night, September 17, at the main telecast, but even if it wins the top prize it will still be one award shy of “DWTS’s” current total.

All 17 awards won by “Dancing with the Stars” are as follows:

2006 — Best Costumes (Variety)
2006 — Best Technical Direction (Series)

2008 — Best Makeup (Multi-Camera, Non-Prosthetic)
2008 — Best Technical Direction (Series)

2009 — Best Hairstyling (Multi-Camera)

2010 — Best Hairstyling (Multi-Camera)
2010 — Best Technical Direction (Series)

2011 — Best Hairstyling (Multi-Camera)

2012 — Best Reality Host, Tom Bergeron
2012 — Best Makeup (Multi-Camera, Non-Prosthetic)

2013 — Best Choreography, Derek Hough

2014 — Best Lighting Design (Variety Series)
2014 — Best Technical Direction (Series)

2015 — Best Choreography, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Tessandra Chavez

2016 — Best Technical Direction (Series)

2017 — Best Choreography, Mandy Moore
2017 — Best Lighting Design (Variety Series)

What do you think of the two wins for “DWTS” at the Creative Arts Emmys and its new record? Let us know in the comments below.

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