Dressed in a striking purple paisley-patterned suit, the rocker was introduced by American Idol judge Paula Abdul, after which he performed a moving version of his hit single “Whataya Want From Me,” accompanied only by Idol music director, Michael Orland on piano.
Other performers included Sia, Cheyenne Jackson, Smash star Megan Hilty and Amber Riley, who was joined by a Glee ensemble that included Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Alex Newell, Melissa Benoist, Becca Tobin, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Blake Jenner, Dot-Marie Jones, Jacob Artist and Harry Shum, Jr.
Another Glee star, Sue Sylvester herself Jane Lynch, was presented with the “Trevor Hero” award by Jennifer Coolidge. “She’s the only actress in Hollywood who will lend you money,” Coolidge said of her Best In Show costar. Honored for empowering youth through her career, personal endeavors and visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community, said Lynch: “I’m lucky to be on Glee. It shows how people are when they have each other’s back and when people are celebrated for who they are.”
Previous honorees of the Trevor Hero Award include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Radcliffe, Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris and Vanessa Williams.
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.