On Monday, GLAAD announced that they are honoring the superstar couple with the Vanguard Award at their upcoming 30th annual Media Awards gala. The ceremony will take place on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.
The organization praised Beyoncé’s outspoken support for the nationwide legalization of gay marriage, her practice of hiring members of the LGBTQ community for her music videos, and her concert dedicated to survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. GLAAD also cited JAY-Z for his support for gay marriage, as well as his incorporation of work from LGBTQ figures like James Baldwin into his own art.
“Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “When Beyoncé 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 honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.”
The pair follow in the footsteps of past honorees including Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Antonio Banderas.
Last year JAY-Z, 49, received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award for his song and video for “Smile,” which featured his mother Gloria Carter, who recently came out as a lesbian.