Britney Spears delivered a heartwarming speech as she took to the stage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The 36-year-old, who was honoured with the prestigious Vanguard Award, didn’t say too much, but her speech was enough to “break the show,” host Wanda Sykes declared.
After she was introduced to the stage by Ricky Martin, Spears gushed: “Wow! This is so incredibly amazing.”
She then went on to say that society has “put such an emphasis on what’s normal” these days, before she added: “To be different is unusual and seen as strange.”
The singer went on, “But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing. Events like this show the world that we’re not alone.
“We can all join hands together here and know that we are all beautiful. And we can lift each other up and we can show our gifts without hesitation. Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally and you in this room [have] showed me throughout my career what it means to be loved unconditionally. It’s such an honour to be here.”
Other big winners on the night included Jim Parsons, who referenced Spears as he accepted the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for his openness and activism.
“Britney got here before I did? The Queen should go last!” he said, before thanking GLAAD “for putting me in a room with Britney Spears.”
“The Big Bang Theory” star even went on to say that the pop superstar had actually helped him get into acting school… without even knowing it.
Parsons revealed that he was incredibly nervous before an important audition one day, but once Spears’ “Baby One More Time” music video came on, he immediately calmed down.
He shared, “I remember watching (Britney) dance-walk down that school hallway in that Catholic school uniform with those cute little pigtails. And I remember feeling this sense of ‘Oh yeah, that’s it. You can do it. You go out there and do it like Britney, and you get it…’ So thank you, Britney!”
The “This Is Us” team were also honoured with the Outstanding Drama Series Award, with Denis O’Hare, Jon Huertas and Chris Sullivan being onhand to accept it. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” bagged the Outstanding Comedy Series gong, while the Outstanding Individual Episode Award went to Lena Waithe for “Master of None’s” Thanksgiving show.
Other winners included “When We Rise”, which bagged the Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series gong and “Las Chicas Del Cable” for Outstanding Scripted Television Series (Spanish language).