Time for Bey and Jay to make some room on their already-stuffed mantles for another honour. The Carters will be getting the Vanguard Award during the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards for being "allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people," GLAAD said in a statement.
Beyoncé is being honoured for her outspokeness around marriage equality and for amplifying representation, by choosing to include LGBTQ people in her "Formation" music video, showcasing transgender actress Laverne Cox in the Ivy Park promos and dedicating a performance to the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.
And this isn't the first time Jay Z is being recognized by GLAAD—he received the Special Recognition Award last year for his music video "Smile," which served as a coming out for his mother Gloria Carter. He has also included LGBTQ artists in his work and art, from Janet Mock to author James Baldwin.
“When Beyoncé and JAY-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear, " said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.”
The award has previously gone to high-profile names like Cher, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato and Eric McCormack.
Other celebs who will be making an appearance at the March event include Sean Hayes, who will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, the cast of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Allison Janney, Nico Santos, Jameela Jamil, Shangela and Dan Reynolds from the band Imagine Dragons.
Overall, 151 nominees are competing in 27 categories, including The Handmaid's Tale, Pose, Crazy Rich Asians, Will & Grace, The Favourite, Nanette, Schitt's Creek and more.
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