She already has one from the MTV VMAs, but now Britney Spears is getting a Vanguard Award from a different organization.
The pop icon will attend the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in April and is set to receive the GLAAD Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people, EW can exclusively reveal.
“An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans – from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas,” says Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever.”
Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.
According to GLAAD, Spears has consistently stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying. In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers. In 2016, she was among over 20 music artists to appear on GLAAD’s song “Hands,” released with Interscope Records to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, she sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt with the phrase “We Are All Dreamers” imprinted on it and she called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram.
Most recently, for LGBTQ Pride Month in 2017, Spears penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community on Billboard Pride in which she shared that the community’s unwavering loyalty and acceptance uplift and inspire her. “I have a secret to share with you. You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”
Spears will receive her honor at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on April 12. More awards will be given out at a ceremony in New York City on May 5.
Yep, it’s that time of the year where you start thinking about camping in muddy fields again, as Reading and Leeds Festival has confirmed its 2018 headliners, along with a host of other artists set to perform over the August bank holiday weekend.
Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! at the Disco will all be taking up the major spots on the line-up when the festival gets under way in August, marking the first wave of acts confirmed to be playing this year.
It’s the second time Kings of Leon have headlined the festival and the first time for Grammy winner Kendrick, who previously played the festival back in 2015 and will be appearing on the lineup following his sold-out UK tour.
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It’s also the first time Fall Out Boy will play the headline slot, having proved themselves as firm favourites of the festival over the years.
“There are very few places that can illustrate the growth of our band from its beginning,” they said in a statement. “However, Reading and Leeds is one of them. It is an honour to be able to headline a festival that we grew up playing and dreaming of that top spot.”
Rounding out the announced headliners is the Brendon Urie-fronted Panic! at the Disco, another regular artist on the Reading and Leeds festival bill.
Along with the headliners, Reading and Leeds Festival also confirmed another 50 names for this year’s festival, including Dua Lipa in a UK festival exclusive, as well as Skepta, Wolf Alice, Diplo and more.
“Reading and Leeds prides itself on being a music-first festival and this year’s line-up already proves that,” Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn commented.
“Kings of Leon and Fall Out Boy are bands that have grown with the festival and its fans and we couldn’t be more pleased to invite them back to headline. Adding Panic! at the Disco and Kendrick Lamar, probably the most sought-after act in the world right now, we think Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018 are off to an amazing start – with even more to come, so watch this space.”
Reading and Leeds Festival will take place between August 24 and August 26 at Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds.
Tickets are on sale now and available here.
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