Bad Bunny To Be Honoured At GLAAD Media Awards
Bad Bunny, Christina Aguilera and Jeremy Pope will receive honours at the 34th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which serves to recognise performers, filmmakers and projects that have proven monumental to the LGBTQ community. The event will be held March 30 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
Bad Bunny is set to receive GLAAD’s Vanguard award, placing the reggaetón star among an elite group of previous recipients including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Cher and Janet Jackson. The award recognizes Bad Bunny for his allyship to the LGBTQ community, given the artist’s track record of using his large-scale platform to uplift traditionally underexposed voices.
“Bad Bunny uses his role as one of the world’s most popular music artists to boldly shine a light on LGBTQ people and issues, including transgender equality and ending violence against trans women of color,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement Wednesday. “By consistently advocating for our community, elevating our stories and demanding action from anti-LGBTQ leaders, Bad Bunny redefines the positive influence Latin music artists can have within the LGBTQ community, and has set an example for all artists.”
This year’s award show features 295 nominees across 33 categories, including the addition of the outstanding podcast and outstanding live TV journalism – segment or special categories. Also new to the ceremony is the division of the outstanding reality program category into independent reality competition and non-competition subsections. A similar move was made to the outstanding kids & family programming category, which now differentiates between animated and live action programs.
Bad Bunny also opened the main show at the 2023 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he won the for Best Música Urbana Album for Un Verano Sin Ti. The Puerto Rican rapper and singer performed a medley of his Un Verano Sin Ti tracks El Apagón and Despues la Playa, while backed by a brass section and conga drummers.