Britney Spears was the star attraction Thursday night at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. The “Piece of Me” singer accepted the organization’s Vanguard award, given to an individual who amplifies inclusion and acceptance of the LGBT community.
Ricky Martin introduced Spears, who criticized how society has “put such an emphasis on what’s normal” and labels things that are different “as strange.”
“To be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing,” she added in her brief acceptance speech. “We can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation. Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally and you all in this room have shown me throughout my career what it means to be loved unconditionally.”
Everyone was excited for Spears’ appearance—including Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, Olympian Adam Rippon, fellow honoree Jim Parsons, and host Wanda Sykes, who joked “Britney broke the show!”
Of course, there were plenty of other awards to be given out at the Beverly Hilton: NBC’s This Is Us took home the gold for Outstanding Drama Series, with Denis O’Hare, Jon Huertas, and Chris Sullivan accepting. Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine was recognized as TV’s top comedy and Disney Channel’s Andi Mack picked up Outstanding Kids & Family Programming, the first time GLAAD included the category.
And Lena Waithe followed up her Emmy win for Master of None’s “Thanksgiving” episode with the award for Outstanding Individual Episode.
Watch the entire show here.
Outstanding Drama Series: This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): “Thanksgiving,” Master of None
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming winner: Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Comedy Series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Outstanding Film – Limited Release A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: When We Rise (ABC)
Outstanding Comic Book: Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Marvel Comics)
Outstanding Daily Drama: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)
Outstanding Blog: TransGriot
Outstanding Scripted Television Series: Las Chicas Del Cable (Netflix)
Outstanding Digital Journalism: “Tres Hemanitos Para Dos Papás” por Jacqueline García (laopinion.com)
Vanguard Award: Britney Spears
Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Jim Parsons