It was announced Monday that music power-couple Beyonce and Jay-Z will be honoured at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on March 28.
The duo will receive the GLAAD Vanguard Award, presented to LGBTQ allies who have made a difference for LGBTQ acceptance.
Previous recipients include Kerry Washington, Britney Spears, Antonio Banderas, and Whoopi Goldberg.
“Beyonce and Jay-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “When Beyonce 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. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honour their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of colour, and marginalized communities everywhere.”
In 2018, Jay-Z received a GLAAD “special recognition” award for his song “Smile”, which featured his mother Gloria Carter coming out as lesbian.