GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that Grammy Award-winning music superstar Kacey Musgraves will receive the Vanguard Award at the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2022.
GLAAD’s Vanguard Award is given to allies who have made a significant difference in advancing the acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous winners include Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Patricia Arquette and Antonio Banderas.
Emmy-Nominated Series Hosts and Producers HBO We’re Here, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and DJ “Shangela” Pierce, will host the 33rd edition GLAAD Los Angeles Media Awards. The 33rd edition GLAAD The Media Awards are presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc., Hyundai and Ketel One Family Made Vodka. Delta Air Lines is a Major Events Sponsor, Sony Music Group is an Official Sponsor and Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo is a Titanium Sponsor.
GLAAD also announced that Andrew Garfield will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. GLAAD announced the honor of Michaela Jaé last month. The Stephen F. Kolzak Prize is awarded to a LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. Past Stephen F. Kolzak laureates include Laverne Cox, Jim Parsons, Wanda Sykes, Troye Sivan, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Stephen Warren, Melissa Etheridge and Sir Ian McKellen.
Special guests for the 33rd edition GLAAD Media Award in Los Angeles will include JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider, Jasmin Savoy Brown (Yellowjackets, Scream), Liv Hewson (Yellowjackets, Bombshell), Meredith Marks (Real Housewives of Salt Lake City), Ronen Rubinstein and Rafael Silva (9-1-1-: Lone Star), Nico Santos (Superstore, Crazy Rich Asians), writer and comedian Zeke Smith and the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
the GLAAD The Media Awards recognize media for their fair, accurate and inclusive portrayals of LGBTQ people and problems. Since its creation in 1990, the GLAAD The Media Awards have become the most visible annual awards LGBTQ awards show around the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences around the world.
About Kacey Musgraves’ Vanguard Award
“To have spoken out against the anti-LGBTQ legislation in his home state of Texas to raise awareness about harassment affecting LGBTQ young people, to elevate the work of LGBTQ artists, Kacey continues to raise the bar for what it means to be a true ally and to inspire her fans to do the same,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
Kacey Musgraves used her platform to speak out loud and clear in support of the LGBTQ community and advance conversations about LGBTQ acceptance in country music. More recently, Musgraves joined GLAAD and Equality Texas to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ bills proposed to the Texas State Legislature.
In 2013, Musgraves recorded and co-wrote the single “Follow Your Arrow”, which features the lyrics “Make a lot of noise, kiss a lot of boys or kiss a lot of girls if that’s what you like…just follow your arrow wherever you are”. it points. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Musgraves noted that although her label told her she would “go on fire” for releasing it as a single on country radio, she fought hard to do so regardless. way because the message was important to her. “Follow Your Arrow” has since been widely recognized as a LGBTQ anthem. Musgraves performed the song at the 25th edition GLAAD Media Awards in New York in 2014, becoming the first country artist to perform at the ceremony.
Since then, Musgraves has continued to advocate for the LGBTQ community through his music. His music video for “Rainbow,” a song from his 2018 Grammy-winning album Golden Hour, featured a visibly queer young man enduring a parental dispute at home over his sexuality. The attorney called the music video an “ode to queer youth.” Throughout his career, Musgraves has collaborated with several LGBTQ artists, notably Troye Sivan, with whom she released two titles, “Glittery” and “Easy”, and MUNA and King Princess, who joined Musgraves on her star-studded 2022 tour: Unveiled. cursed: the film, which she released in conjunction with the 2021 album, features several LGBTQ artists and iconography, including RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 winner Symone, Hacks comedian Meg Stalter and music artist Princess Nokia.
Outside of his music, Musgraves has publicly expressed his support for LGBTQ rights and equality and spoke out against anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country. In 2017, Musgraves wrote a love letter to the LGBTQ community on behalf of the Billboard’s Pride Month campaign. In the letter, she writes: “To my friends at LGBTQ community: thank you. While career stuff is great, it’s fleeting. You changed me as a human. On the lack of LGBTQ acceptance in country music, Musgraves said at the time, “It always really pissed me off. Because I love the genre so much, I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll just have an all-gay audience.” winners of the season – Monét X Change and Trinity the Tuck – to join her on stage for her disco-country hit “High Horse” during the Los Angeles leg of her Oh, What a World tour. In 2019, in honor of GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day, the world’s largest event LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign, Musgraves has partnered with GLAAD on a contest to give fans a chance to win VIP tickets to her concert and meeting her backstage, which also helped raise funds for the organization.