The fan-favorite icon of the Emmy-winning reality competition series (real name D.J. Pierce) brought the house down Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where she performed a high-energy medley of Beyoncé hits at the LGBT-focused awards ceremony as the Grammy-winning superstar (and husband Jay-Z) watched from the audience.
Shangela’s set included lip-synced renditions of hits like “Partition” and “***Flawless” paired with intense choreography as she rocked a glistening fringe leotard and a bouncy wig in honor of Beyoncé, who attended the event to accept the the Vanguard Award for LGBT advocacy.
Social influencer Raymond Braun — who previously appeared as a guest season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race — shared a partial recording of Shangela’s performance on Twitter, capturing footage Beyoncé clapping along as the drag legend worked the room.
Later in the evening, after Beyoncé and Jay-Z received the Vanguard Award, the former expressed appreciation for Shangela’s tribute.
“I’m just super honored and overwhelmed. I’ve already cried,” Beyoncé told the audience. “I put a run in my stocking from Shangela!”
In addition to stealing the show at the GLAAD Media Awards, Shangela has become one of the most successful Drag Race alums in recent years. In addition to landing a supporting role in last year’s blockbuster Best Picture nominee A Star Is Born as Lady Gaga‘s drag mother, she also appeared in an episode of Broad City‘s fifth and final season, appeared across three episodes of Alyssa Edwards’ Netflix docuseries Dancing Queen, voiced a lead character on season 1 of Netflix’s animated comedy Super Drags, and helped front the cast of fellow Drag Race star Bianca Del Rio’s full-length feature Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate.
Read EW’s full recap of the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards here.
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