Country star Kacey Musgraves will receive the Vanguard Award at the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Kacey Musgraves is an LGBTQIA+ Ally
The Grammy-Award winner will be honored at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on April 2. Allies who have made a significant difference in promoting the acceptance of LGBTQ people receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award. Previous honorees include Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Patricia Arquette, and Antonio Banderas.
Kacey Musgraves has used her platform to loudly speak out in support of the LGBTQ community. Also, to advance conversations about LGBTQ acceptance in country music. Most recently, Musgraves joined GLAAD and Equality Texas to raise awareness around anti-LGBTQ bills proposed in the Texas state legislature.
Back in 2013, Musgraves recorded and co-wrote the single “Follow Your Arrow,” which has become an LGBTQ anthem. Musgraves performed the song at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York in 2014; becoming the first-ever country artist to perform at the ceremony.
She Promotes Acceptance
On her outstanding legacy as an ally, GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis stated, “From speaking out against anti-LGBTQ legislation in her home state of Texas, to raising awareness about bullying affecting LGBTQ youth, to uplifting the work of LGBTQ artists, Kacey continues to raise the bar for what it means to be an authentically and to inspire her fans to do the same.”
Anthony Allen Ramos, Vice President of Communications & Talent at GLAAD, added, “The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, GLAAD’s Vanguard Award is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.”
Ramos described Musgraves’ singles “Follow Your Arrow” and “Rainbow” as LGBTQ+ anthems. He also noted her collaborations with queer artists including MUNA, King Princess, and Troye Sivan.
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Other Guests For the Night
Other special guests for the night will include JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider, Yellowjackets stars Jasmin Savoy Brown and Liv Hewson, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Meredith Marks, 9-1-1: Lone Star’s Ronen Rubinstein and Rafael Silva, actor Nico Santos, writer/comedian Zeke Smith and cast members of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
There are 246 nominees in 30 categories for this year’s ceremony; including Lil Nas X, West Side Story, Eternals, Sex Education, I Am Jazz, BROCKHAMPTON, and more.