The Voice won the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards. It was the series’ fourth Primetime Emmy Award nomination in this category and second win.
Accepting the award, EP Mark Burnett jokingly apologized for taking the award away from The Amazing Race — this is only the third time in its 26-season run that the CBS reality show has not taken home the Emmy in this category. (The series is heading into its 27th season this fall.)
Backstage after accepting the award, Burnett talked about how The Voice brought “kindness and integrity” to singing competitions.
“Times have changed. The Voice is kinder and the coaches get so personally invested in these people,” he said. “Think of it, these people have come from all over America. They’re great singers in their communities and they’re now on the big stage. They’re working with artists they never thought they would ever, ever meet. And these superstar coaches really, really care, and we’re so grateful to the coaches and all of the contestants.”
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Other than The Amazing Race, The Voice also beat out Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing Wth the Stars, and Top Chef.