Lady Gaga wins, Chely Wright performs at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco!
So great to see that the newly out and proud Chely Wright was among the performers at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis..
According to a release from GLAAD, Rodney Crowell, and Sam Sparro also performed while special honors were given to The L Word star Cybill Shepherd and Precious director Lee Daniels.
GLAAD also announced that Lady Gaga received the award for Outstanding Music Artist for her album, The Fame Monster (Interscope). The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) music artist who has increased visibility of the LGBT community and spoken out for equality via their music or media appearances. Lady Gaga has identified as bisexual in a number of interviews, spoke at last year’s National Equality March in Washington, D.C. and included LGBT images in her music videos.
Bruce Vilanch hosted the evening and celebrity presenters included Jensen Atwood, Thea Gill, Michelle Clunie, Wilson Cruz, Nikki Blonsky, Clementine Ford, Linda Perry and Derrick Martin who was famously thrown out of his home by his parents after taking his boyfriend to prom.
Here is a recap of the evening provided by GLAAD:
Out actress Clementine Ford and her sister, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, presented the Golden Gate Award to their mother, actress Cybill Shepherd, in recognition of her work in advancing LGBT equality. Later in the evening, actor Jensen Atwood presented the Davidson/Valentini Award to Lee Daniels, the openly gay Academy Award-nominated director of Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
In her first performance at an LGBT event since coming out last month, country singer Chely Wright performed “Heavenly Days” from her latest album, Lifted Off the Ground, with acclaimed musicians Rodney Crowell and Jeremy Lister. Derrick Martin, a Georgia teenager who was kicked out of his home by his parents, and his boyfriend, Richard Goodman participated in a prom-inspired flash mob dance that also included Wilson Cruz, Nikki Blonsky, Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie. Previous GLAAD Media Award nominated singer Sam Sparro closed the show with two songs, including his Grammy-nominated single “Black and Gold.”
Previous awards were presented in New York on March 13 and in Los Angeles on April 17. For a complete list of nominees and award recipients, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards
Here is a link to the full list of winners: : http://www.glaad.org/Page.aspx?pid=1509.