The 5 Best Moments From the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards
Written by Cedric James Lucas on August 1, 2020
The world may be stuck on pause during the current global health crisis, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate LGBTQ visibility.
On Thursday (July 30), the 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards took to the internet to shine a light on all of the LGBTQ excellence that’s taken place over the last year. Focusing on film, television and music, the event celebrated acts like Lil Nas X and Dolly Parton and shows like Schitt’s Creek and Pose for furthering LGBTQ acceptance in mainstream society.READ MOREDemi Lovato Gives Touching Intro to Shea Diamond at GLAAD Media Awards
The evening was also filled with stars making special appearances, and killer performances from LGBTQ talent. Here are 5 of the best moments from the 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Lil Nas X wins outstanding music artist
In one of the first big wins of the night, Lil Nas X took home the trophy for outstanding musical artist following the smash-hit success of his 7 EP. “Thank you so much to the GLAAD Awards. Thank you so much to every single person involved in making this happen,” he said in his speech, where he appeared in a transparent ruffled top to accept his award. “I wanna wish everyone love right now in these crazy, difficult, trying times with COVID and everything. I’m happy to even just be a part of this right now, and I can’t wait for you guys to see what’s next.”
Ben Platt shows off his stellar vocals with “Honest Man” performance
For his performance, singer/actor Ben Platt decided to give a special shoutout to anyone who feels trapped in the closet. Performing his original song “Honest Man,” Platt explained that he originally wrote the song for someone going through something similar. “I wrote it at a time when I was seeing someone who was in the closet, and I was really trying to encourage him to be himself and be comfortable with who he was,” he said at the start of his performance. “This song is kind of an anthem for that.”
Shea Diamond declares that “I Am America” (with a special introduction by Demi Lovato)
Introducing trans singer-songwriter Shea Diamond to the broadcast, pop superstar Demi Lovato took a moment to send a message to the trans youth watching at home”I know things are crazy hard right now, and you may not have your usual support system around you,” she said. “But don’t let anyone, especially our government, fool you into thinking that you are anything less than perfect and meant to be. Be proud of who you are. Keep your voices loud and strong, and know that we are fighting for you.” Diamond drove that point home with her moving performance of “I Am America” — decked out in a flowing black gown with a flowery, braided updo, the singer made sure audiences were paying attention so they could hear her sing “I know I get you excited, my existence is a riot/ So don’t you dare even try it.”
Dolly Parton accepts the award for Heartstrings’ outstanding individual episode
Fans were delighted when none other than the Queen of Country Dolly Parton appeared during the GLAAD Media Awards to accept the outstanding individual episode prize for her anthology show Heartstrings‘ queer-themed episode “Two Doors Down.” Appearing in a velvet black dress, Dolly thanked her entire team for helping make the episode happen. “I am just so glad to be here, and I am just thrilled out of my tight pants to accept the GLAAD Award for our very special Heartstrings episode ‘Two Doors Down,'” she said in her speech. “We want to thank the GLAAD organization for recognizing our work.” She even gave viewers a little a cappella taste of the titular song before signing off.
Chloe x Halle team up with Drag Race favorites for Spice Girls-themed “Do It”
To close out the night, Chloe x Halle gave viewers something to dance along to with their stunning performance to “Do It.” Taking place in an empty club, the duo offered up their very best live vocals while getting a party started. To help them out with their performance, Drag Race alums Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo, Naomi Smalls and Mayhem Miller all showed up to serve lewks and glamour (and each representing a different member of the Spice Girls), as the pair sang “Tonight we on a hundred/ No drama, no baby mamas, keepin’ it cute.”