GLAAD has announced that it will be presenting the Vanguard Award at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards to certified music superstars Beyoncé and JAY-Z. The event will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on March 28, 2019. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Cher, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Lovato, and Jennifer Lopez.
The award celebrates “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people,
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “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.”
Last year, he received a Special Recognition Award for the song “Smile” from his album 4:44, which was based around the revelation that his mother is a lesbian.
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