And the Winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 15 Is...
Major spoilers ahead for the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15.
Hope you're hungry because it's winner winner chicken dinner time!
And just like that, another chapter of Drag Race herstory has come to a close with the crowning of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 winner.
This year, the grand finale returned to the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. for an extravaganza full of sickening surprises. This season was bigger than ever, with 16 queens competing for the crown, along with special celebrity guests like Ariana Grande and Janelle Monáe, and some of the fiercest lip-syncs to ever happen on the Drag Race mainstage.
The season started off with 16 queens, but by the finale there were only four left standing — Anetra, Luxx Noir London, Mistress Isabelle Brooks, and Sasha Colby. The finale extravaganza kicked off with the queens of Season 15 returning to sashay down the stage one last time in some seriously sickening fashion. It was then time for RuPaul's epic entrance, as she performed "Courage to Love," the closing track off of her latest album, Black Butta.
Mama Ru then shouted out gay bars watching from red states around the country, and she also pointed viewers to a QR code on the screen that directed people to donate to the ACLU Drag Defense Fund.
After introducing her Judgy Judies — Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, Carson Kressley, and Ts Madison — it was time for the first two queens, Anetra and Luxx, to each perform an original number and have a chat with Ru in front of the audience.
Next up was a tribute to legendary fashion designer — and the very first Drag Race celebrity guest judge — Bob Mackie, who was presented with the first-ever Giving Us Lifetime Achievement Award.
"To all the queens around the world: Don't let anyone or anything dim your sparkle," Mackie said onstage next to RuPaul as he accepted his award.
It was then Mistress and Sasha's turn to perform their solo original numbers and have a kiki with RuPaul. Following their performances Ru revealed the top two queens who would move forward to the final lip-sync for the crown: Anetra and Sasha Colby.
But before their lip-sync showdown, masked country crooner Orville Peck, Leland, and the queens of Season 15 performed an original song, "Built on Drag."
The next special guests to sashay across the stage were Season 14 winner Willow Pill and Kornbread 'The Snack' Jeté, who crowned Malaysia Babydoll Foxx this year's Miss Congeniality. The audience was then treated to a number by the "queen of all queens" Jinkx Monsoon, who brought the house down by singing "When You're Good to Mama," from the musical Chicago.
Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for: the lip-sync for the crown. After Anetra and Sasha lit the theater ablaze with a dynamic performance of the disco classic, "Knock on Wood" by Amii Stewart, Ru crowned Sasha Colby the winner of Season 15.
Condragulations, Sasha! And thank you to all the Season 15 queens for a truly sickening season.
If you’re worried about going through a drag drought, don’t fret, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 8 premieres May 12 and Queen of the Universe Season 2 premieres June 2, both on Paramount+.