The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards gala is coming to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on April 12. The event is being hosted by comedian, actress and writer, Wanda Sykes, who currently stars in the show Blackish. Pop icon Britney Spears and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, will both receive special honors at the star-studded ceremony.
Lena Waithe, who stars in Master of None star, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, actress Chloe Grace Moretz and YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous are among those who will make an appearance during the awards ceremony.
Star Trek: Discovery and 13 Reasons Why actor Wilson Cruz and Transparent actress Trace Lysette announced the nominees for 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards via a live stream from Variety’s Facebook page from Park City, Utah, during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
GLAAD is the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. The GLAAD Media Awards recognizes and honors media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
GLAAD 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. A Special Recognition Award was also given to the animated short film In A Heartbeat.
For the first time this year, GLAAD will honor LGBTQ-inclusive content in Kids & Family Programming. The inaugural round of nominees includes Disney Channel’s Andi Mack and Doc McStuffins for its “The Emergency Plan” episode, Amazon’s Danger & Eggs for its “Chosen Family” episode, Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, and Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.
GLAAD announced 125 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 16 nominees in 4 Spanish-language categories. Among all categories, broadcast networks earned 30 nominations, and cable networks picked up 29 nominations. Netflix received seven nominations and ABC, CBS, and NBC each received six. Streaming services received 13 nominations in total: Netflix’s seven nominations included One Day at a Time, Sense8, Easy, Las chicas del cable, and Godless; Amazon received three nominations for One Mississippi, Transparent, and Danger & Eggs; and Hulu, CBS All Access, and YouTube Red received one nomination each, for The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Trek: Discovery, and This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, respectively.
A complete list of nominees is available at: glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees
To purchase tickets, visit: glaad.org/mediaawards/events