Britney Spears received The Vanguard Award at GLAAD’s 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Only a handful of people in the world harness massive influence in the LGBTQ community like Britney Spears. The princess of pop received GLAAD’s prestigious Vanguard Award at the Media Awards tonight (April 12).
In a statement, GLAAD says the honor is “presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.” Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.
Dressed in a form-fitting sequined dress, Britney took the stage to accept the prestigious honor. The accolade is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.
Before taking the stage, Ricky Martin introduced the pop star.
“Wow this is so incredibly amazing,” Britney marveled, before humbly revealing she personally wrote her speech.
“Society has always put such an emphasis on what’s normal, and to be different is unusual or seen as strange, but to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing,” Britney said in her speech.
She added: “Events like this… the one we’re at here tonight… show the world that we are not alone. We can all join hands together here and know that we are all beautiful. And we can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation.”
“Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally, and you all in this room have shown me throughout my career what it means to be loved unconditionally. It’s such an honor to be here. Thank you so much to GLAAD. Thank you to the LGBTQ community, and my family and all of my friends.”