The 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards were held virtually on April 8 and streamed on YouTube. Hosted by Niecy Nash, the ceremony featured performances from Sabrina Carpenter, Chika, Rebecca Black and more.
Sam Smith was one of the night’s biggest winners for music. They took home the Outstanding Music Artist award for their 2020 album Love Goes. “Music has remained this constant force of unity throughout the world for people,” Smith said in their acceptance speech.
Of the performances, Carpenter stunned with her latest single “Skin” in an exclusive performance only available on Hulu. The song, which carries a message of remaining strong and confident in the face of opposition and judgement, was presented in honor of trans youth.
The GLAAD Media Awards aim to honor LGBTQ stories and images that evoke change in the world through acceptance and understanding.
The Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist award, presented last night to Chika, recognizes LGBTQ artists whose music, visuals, and performances have played a role in significantly impacting the community’s visibility and acceptance.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to sit here and sing these songs and not give anyone credit, especially the people who gave birth to me and my management,” Chika said during her acceptance. “So thank you guys, from Chika and Chika only, not Warner, and not the band behind me. Just me.”
In addition to the music honors, the GLAAD Media Awards recognize trailblazing within the film and television sectors, as well. Last night, the cast of Glee gathered virtually to pay tribute to the late Naya Rivera, who portrayed Santana Lopez on the series.
“It’s been 10 years since Santana Lopez came out,” said Demi Lovato, who appeared on the show as Lopez’ girlfriend. “Look at what LGBTQ teens have done in a decade. Imagine what they can do in the next one.”
The 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards will be available to stream on Hulu through the end of June. Catch more highlights here.