GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, announced Friday (Jan. 19) the nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards live from the Sundance Film Festival. Among the nominees: Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Sam Smith, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Billboard. GLAAD also announced a non-competitive special recognition award for JAY-Z’s song and music video “Smile,” featuring his mother Gloria Carter, who used the song to come out as a lesbian.
The nominees for outstanding music artist include: Miley Cyrus, Younger Now; Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom; Honey Dijon, The Best of Both Worlds; Kehlani, SweetSexySavage; Kelela, Take Me Apart; Kesha, Rainbow; Perfume Genius, No Shape; Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All; St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION; and Wrabel, We Could Be Beautiful. RCA is the sole record label with two nominations, for Miley and Kesha.
Several shows with musical elements received nominations as well: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is nominated for outstanding comedy series, Star and Nashville are among the shows nominated for best drama series, and both RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Voice scored noms for outstanding reality program.
Billboard, which launched a Billboard Pride vertical and corresponding Facebook page with its viral Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community project last June, received a nomination for outstanding magazine overall coverage. Other nominees in the field are The Advocate, People, Teen Vogue and Time.
The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York on May 5. A full list of nominees can be found here.