Emmy Award-Winner, RuPaul Charles, Actually Had a Cameo in the B-52s ‘Love Shack’ Music Video

RuPaul has been “squirrel friends” with this rock band.

RuPaul is the Emmy Award-winning artist behind songs like “The Beginning” and “Supermodel (You Better Work,)” in addition to the reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race. This drag performer also had a cameo in one of the B-52s’ music videos. 

RuPaul, winner of the Outstanding Competition Program award for 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' at the Primetime Emmy Awards
RuPaul, winner of the Outstanding Competition Program award for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ at the Primetime Emmy Awards | Rich Fury/Getty Images

The B-52s appeared as guest judges on the reality competition series, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

This reality competition series is full of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. RuPaul featured several celebrities behind the RuPaul’s Drag Race judge’s panel, including Michelle Visage and Todrick Hall. There were also guest judges, including the rock band, the B-52s. 

This band appeared in season 9. That was the same season with cameos from Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Meghan Trainor. In honor of their appearance, the “Bottom Two” contestants lip-synced for their lives to “Love Shack.” 

RuPaul had a cameo in the B-52s ‘Love Shack’ music video

This 1989 hit came with a fun music video. This production predominately featured members of the B-52s. The “Love Shack” video also included an appearance from RuPaul in drag. Complete with afro, RuPaul grooved around, even joining in on a Soul Train moment.  

“Ru was a drag queen in Atlanta, and a bunch of people came up to New York, and we all started hanging out,” Cindy Wilson said during an interview with Billboard. “That was a cool era for us, as well as a really hard time: the AIDS crisis, and losing so many friends back in the mid-’80s, in the early days of New York.” 

“It was really wonderful because it was love and friends, and there was a wonderful sense of coming together, being silly, and hoping for the future,” she continued. “It was really special. Of course, Ru’s star rose, and she became an enormous star. It’s amazing that she got the TV show, and it’s one of the best shows on right now.”

RuPaul created several original songs, including the iconic ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’

Outside of RuPaul’s reality stardom and her appearances in films like The Brady Bunch Movie, RuPaul releases original songs, which have since been available on most major music streaming platforms. 

Even in the reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race, some of RuPaul’s songs make their way into challenges. It’s been a tradition for the finalists of each season to create original verses for RuPaul’s songs. In season 6, that song was “Sissy That Walk.” For the spinoff series RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 3, that was “Kitty Girl.”

It’s these reality competition shows that earned RuPaul several Emmy Awards. Most recently, that includes the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Competition Program, Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program, and Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Competition Series.

Episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race are available for streaming on Paramount+.

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