6th Annual Reality TV Awards – Presenters & Appearances
Winners to be announced this Sunday through a Live Streaming Event
Confirmed presenters & appearances are Ellen DeGeneres (NBC's Game of Games), Steve Harvey (ABC's Celebrity Family Feud), Andy Cohen (Bravo's Watch What Happens Live), Ne-Yo & Derek Hough (NBC's World of Dance), Howie Mandel (NBC's America's Got Talent), Lisa Vanderpump (Bravo's Vanderpump Rules), Kandi Burruss (Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta & CBS' Celebrity Big Brother), Kevin O'Leary (ABC's Shark Tank), DJ Pauly D & Vinny Guadagnino (MTV's Jersey Shore: Family Vacation), Drew & Jonathan Scott (HGTV's Property Brothers), Carson Kressley (VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race), Colton Underwood (ABC's The Bachelor) Kat Tat (VH1's Black Ink Crew Chicago) and Tia Torres (Animal Planet's Pit Bulls & Parolees). Also participating, cast members from Netflix Queer Eye, NBC's American Ninja Warrior, CBS' Big Brother, Bravo's Vanderpump Rules, Universal Kids' Top Chef Junior & American Ninja Warrior Junior, VH1's RuPaul Drag Race and a special open from the new cast of Nickelodeon's Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader.
Networks and productions companies submitted over 100 reality shows for consideration in the 20 categories for the
6th Annual Reality TV Awards.
Leading the pack with 5 nominations is VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race followed by a four-way tie with 4 nominations each: NBC's American Ninja Warrior, Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees, CBS' Big Brother and Discovery's Gold Rush.
NBC leads the pack with 16 nominations, CBS has 13, VH1 claims 10 and Bravo and Discovery both have 8 each.
Executive Producers Kristen Moss and Andrew Ward started the Reality Awards in 2012 to support, examine and redefine the art of reality in media by rewarding excellence, encouraging experimentation and recognizing that the public is the heart of our industry. The Reality Television Awards embrace the spirit of fun and camaraderie which is an inherent part of what makes this industry great. The RTVAs value the rich diversity of programming that puts reality on the leading edge of entertainment.
Winners of note have been Leah Remini, recipient of "Reality Queen" in 2015 and "Best Host" in 2018, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, recipient of "Reality Crossover Talent" in 2016, Gordon Ramsay receiving "Best Host" in 2015 and RuPaul claiming "Best Host" over President Donald Trump in 2016. Deadliest Catch holds the longest winning streak in any single category: "Bad Ass Crew" four years in a row. Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms has been the recipient of "Best Villain" from 2014-2016 and Pit Bulls and Parolees took "Feel Good Show" the past three years straight.
Constantly expanding and changing, the Reality Television Awards started a Humanitarian Award that eventually birthed the Reality TV Hall of Fame. President Donald Trump was the recipient of the "Humanitarian Award" in 2014 received on his behalf by The Apprentice & Celebrity Big Brother star Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Hall of Fame inductees also
include Heidi and Spencer Pratt in 2015 and Janice Dickinson in 2016.
Past Reality Television Awards hosts have been Michelle Visage of RuPaul's Drag Race, Matt Iseman of American Ninja Warrior and The Celebrity Apprentice, Jonathan Bennett of Cake Wars, Dancing with the Stars and Mean Girls, and Melissa Peterman of The Singing Bee, Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, Baby Daddy and Reba.
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