Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been quiet on the music scene since the end of their joint tour, which closed off on October 4th of last year. The pair have been making news for other reasons, including their strives for social change and their elegance on the scene of various recent events.
Now, Bey and Jay will be honored for achievements outside of music in the GLAAD Media Awards’ 30th annual presentation. The Carters will receive the Vanguard Award, which is given to “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.”
Beyoncé is being honored for her efforts to include members of the LGBTQ community in her work, a very powerful statement, especially considering the artist’s large gay fan base. Queen Bey also dedicated a performance to the survivors of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.
Jay-Z was honored at the last GLAAD Media Awards ceremony for the video adaptation to his track “Smile,” which featured his mother Gloria Carter, who is a lesbian. This year, the rap icon will be honored for his inclusion of LGBTQ artists, from Janet Mock to James Baldwin, in his work. Both Bey and Jay have also publicly expressed their support for marriage equality.
This year’s GLAAD Media Awards will air on March 28th and will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.