Britney Spears to be honored at 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has announced that it will honor Britney Spears at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12. The pop icon will receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which has previously been awarded to Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Janet Jackson and Demi Lovato, among others.

Spears is a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community. In 2017, the singer participated in Billboard’s viral Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community project, sharing that, “Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”

In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers. She also joined a lineup that included Selena Gomez, P!nk, RuPaul, Troye Sivan and Halsey in “Hands,” a track written with GLAAD to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.

The musical tribute was written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Blood Pop. Last year, Spears joined nearly 150 leading entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Laverne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, Spears sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt stating ‘We Are All Dreamers’ and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram.

“An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans – from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever.”

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Singer Britney Spears attends Z100's Fifth Annual 'Jingle Ball' Concert on December 17, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Britney Spears visits 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on May 25, 1999 at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 28: Britney Spears is on hand for screening of the movie 'Drive Me Crazy' at the Union Square Theater. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Singer Britney Spears attends the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Party Hosted by Clive Davis on February 22, 2000 at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7: American pop star Britney Spears attends the MTV Music Video Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on September 7, 2000 in New York. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 20: American pop singer Britney Spears at the Capital Radio awards in the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on April 20, 2000. Spears won the title of London's Favourite International Female. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Britney Spears In Paris, France - 2000, Britney Spears In Front Of The Eifel Tower (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
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Singer Britney Spears watches the celebrity basketball game at 'N Sync's 'Challenge for the Children III' charity event at the Thomas & Mack Center July 29, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Singer Britney Spears attends the 'Crossroads' Hollywood Premiere on February 11, 2002 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood to give fans a Sneak Peek at her new photo book 'Stages', to be released with a co-pack DVD, in New York City. December 6, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images.
Britney Spears during 2002 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Britney Spears appears on stage during 'Spanking New Music Week' on MTV Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 18, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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Britney Spears, winner of Hot Dance Sales Single of the Year for 'Me Against the Music' (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
LONDON - APRIL 26: (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT) Pop star Britney Spears plays first night of her 'UK Onyx Hotel Tour 2004' at Wembley Arena on April 26, 2004 in London. The tour is her first UK tour since 2000, and features her greatest hits alongside tracks from current album In The Zone. (Photo by Getty Images)
Britney Spears promotes the new Pepsi ad at the National Gallery. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Britney Spears celebrated the global launch of her fragrance 'curious' from Elizabeth Arden. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage for Elizabeth Arden)
Britney Spears during Britney Spears Sighting In New York City - November 7, 2006 at Rockafeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01: Singer Britney Spears attends the Scandinavian Mansion of Style held on December 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
TO GO WITH AFP YEARENDER GERMANY FILES - Performer Britney Spears looks out the window of her car as she awaits a decision by sheriff's deputies as to where she should park, 26 October 2007 outside Family Court in Los Angeles, California, where she was due for a hearing regarding the custody of her children. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Britney Spears performs during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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Britney Spears accepts the award for Best Pop Video for "Piece of Me" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Britney Spears arrives at the Teen Choice 2009 Awards taping in Los Angeles, California August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
NEILL J SCHUTZER/�2010 RAMEY PHOTO Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2010 Britney Spears arrives at LAX with her bodyguards and her sons, back from Thanksgiving with her family back east. NJS (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Singer Britney Spears arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Singer Britney Spears smiles on stage at the 2011 Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears attends the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre LA. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Britney Spears attends 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango concert at Staples Center on May 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Singer/Judge Britney Spears arrives at Fox's 'The X Factor' Season Finale Night 1 at CBS Television City at CBS Studios on December 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Singer Britney Spears poses at the premiere of "The Smurfs 2" at the Regency Village theatre in Los Angeles, California July 28, 2013. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 31. Speaks performed the song "Ooh La La" from the movie. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21: Entertainer Britney Spears attends the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Pop star Britney Spears arrives at the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)
Singer Britney Spears waves during the launch of her lingerie collection 'The Intimate Britney Spears Spring/Summer 2015', at a shopping mall in Oberhausen September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21: Singer Britney Spears arrives at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at The LINQ Promenade on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Singer Britney Spears arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Singer Britney Spears poses backstage with her Choice Style Icon award at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Singer Britney Spears arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
LOS ANGELES , CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs on stage during the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Britney Spears attends the 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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In January, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The nominees for outstanding music artist include: Miley Cyrus, Younger Now; Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom; Honey Dijon, The Best of Both Worlds; Kehlani, SweetSexySavage; Kelela, Take Me Apart; Kesha, Rainbow; Perfume Genius, No Shape; Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All; St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION; and Wrabel, We Could Be Beautiful. RCA is the sole record label with two nominations, for Miley and Kesha. GLAAD also announced a special recognition award for Jay-Z’s song and music video “Smile” featuring his mother Gloria Carter who used the song to come out as a lesbian.

Billboard, which launched a Billboard Pride vertical and corresponding Facebook page with its viral Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community project last June, received a nomination for outstanding magazine overall coverage. Nominees can be found at www.glaad.org/mediawards/nominees. Additional special guests and honorees from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles will be announced in the coming weeks.

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