GLAAD Media Awards Honor For Beyonce And Jay-Z
GLAAD announced Monday that Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be receiving the Vanguard Award at the upcoming ceremony in Los Angeles for their LGBTQ allyship. They are seen here at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City – Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be honored at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards, according to a report by Jess Cohen of the well known entertainment online platform E!News.
GLAAD announced Monday that the superstar couple will be receiving the Vanguard Award at the upcoming ceremony in Los Angeles for their LGBTQ allyship. The honor is awarded to 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,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said Monday. “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.”
Ellis continued, “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.”
Ceremonies will be taking place in both Los Angeles (March 28) and New York City (May 4) this year. Ross Mathews will return as host of the Los Angeles event, held at the Beverly Hilton, where Sean Hayes will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Madonna is set to receive the Advocate for Change Award at New York City ceremony.
The Vanguard Award is a special award presented annually at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards. It is presented to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBTQ people. Honorees for the GLAAD Media Awards are selected by a process involving over 700 GLAAD Media Award voters and volunteers and are evaluated using four criteria: “Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations” of the LGBT community, “Boldness and Originality” of the project, significant “Cultural Impact” on mainstream culture, and “Overall Quality” of the project. Results are then certified by a “Review Panel” who determine the final list of recipients based on voting results and their own “expert opinions”.