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Beyoncé and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements other than in music, as the power couple will be honored at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards for promoting LGBTQ acceptance.

In a statement, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people. When Beyoncé and JAY-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear.”

GLAAD announced that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California for its 30th annual awards ceremony. The highly-respected recognition was previously given to other notable stars such as Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and others.

GLAAD said that Beyoncé is being recognized for speaking out on marriage equality nationwide, as well as including members of the LBGTQ community in her music videos, and for dedicating one of her performances to the victims and survivors of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Jay-Z is receiving the honor due to his his inclusion of LGBTQ artists in his work and his support of marriage equality as well.

It’s also worth noting that Jay-Z received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award last year for his song and video for “Smile,” which featured his lesbian mother Gloria Carter.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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