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Bad Bunny, Christina Aguilera and Jeremy Pope are honored at GLAAD Media Awards

Bad Bunny, Christina Aguilera and Jeremy Pope have a date with GLAAD. They will receive special accolades at the GLAAD Media Awards, which take place March 30 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican superstar who just opened the Grammy Awards on Sunday, will be celebrated with a Vanguard Award for championing queer visibility in Latinx culture; Aguilera takes home an Advocate for Change Award for decades of allyship in promoting LGBTQ acceptance; and Pope will receive a Stephen F. Kolzak Award, given for “breaking barriers across multiple industries as an out LGBTQ media professional,” according to the organization.

With a Vanguard award, Bad Bunny follows in the footsteps of previous honorees such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Kacey Musgraves and Antonio Banderas. GLAAD’s Advocate for Change trophy has been handed out to the likes of Madonna and President Bill Clinton. Past recipients of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award include Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Jim Parsons, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and others.

Bad Bunny, Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2022, has repeatedly used its massive global platform to speak out as an ally of trans people and promote equality for the LGBTQ community. For his video for ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ he dressed in cross-dressing and narrated Rolling stone, “I did it to show support for those who need it. I may not be gay, but I am human.” He is attached as an executive producer of Netflix and eOne’s adaptation of Adam Silvera’s best-selling YA novel, They both die in the endwith a strange Latinx storyline.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Bad Bunny is using his role as one of the world’s most popular music artists to boldly shine a light on LGBTQ people and issues, including transgender equality and ending violence against trans women from all over the world. colour.”

Aguilera’s track record as an ally is long. In 2002, Aguilera dedicated her smash single “Beautiful” to the LGBTQ community. The song earned the chanteuse special recognition at the 14th GLAAD Media Awards. Aguilera raised more than $500 million for HIV research with MAC Cosmetics in 2004, contributed to the campaign against Proposition 8 in 2008, and spotlighted trans dancers and transvestites at the 2012 American Music Awards. the LGBTQ community’ Billboard in 2017, and she has shared the stage with LGBTQ artists such as Anitta, Syd, Kim Petras, Chika and Rodriguez.

“Christina Aguilera is a beloved icon who has inspired and shared messages of love for the LGBTQ community since the beginning of her music career,” Ellis added.

Pope, who has Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations to his name, most recently starred in Elegance Bratton’s autobiographical first feature film, The inspection, as an incarcerated black gay man in the Marine Corps. His other stage and screen credits include Choir Boy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Hollywood, Pose And The collaboration. “Off screen, Pope has used his voice to have important conversations about being an out actor in Hollywood that are essential to erasing the stigma and prejudice that affect our actors today,” Ellis reported.

See the full list of nominees for the GLAAD Media Award. The 34th Annual Awards are presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Ketel One Family Made Vodka.

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