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Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Halsey & More Receive 2021 GLAAD Media Awards Nominations

On Thursday (Jan. 28), actress Josie Totah, drag star Shangela and actor Jonathan Bennett took to TikTok to announce the nominees for the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, including a bevy of music stars such as Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Halsey and many more.

Along with presenting their usual outstanding music artist category, GLAAD introduced a brand new music category for the 2021 ceremony. The outstanding breakthrough artist category was created to recognize LGBTQ artists who broke through into mainstream success in 2020, and “whose songs, music videos, or live performances have made a significant impact on LGBTQ visibility and acceptance,” according to a press release. Artists including Arca, Chika, Rina Sawayama, Phoebe Bridgers, Orville Peck and more were nominated in the brand new category.

Billboard also received a nomination for outstanding magazine overall coverage at the annual ceremony, alongside publications including The Advocate, People, Plus and Variety.

“During an unprecedented year of crises and isolation, the nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards reached LGBTQ people with powerful stories and inspired countless others around the world with bold looks at LGBTQ people and issues,” GLAAD’s president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “As GLAAD continues to lead the fight for LGBTQ acceptance, this year’s nominees remind us that even in times of political and cultural division, diverse LGBTQ representation and visibility can enlighten, entertain, and create lasting change.”

Check out the full list of nominees below, and for more information on the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards, visit their website.


Outstanding Music Artist

Adam Lambert, Velvet (More Is More/Empire)

Brandy Clark, Your Life Is a Record (Warner Records)

Halsey, Manic (Capitol)

Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t (Atlantic)

Lady Gaga, Chromatica (Streamline/Interscope)

Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts (RCA)

Pabllo Vittar, 111 (BMT/Sony Music Brasil)

Peppermint, A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers (Producer Entertainment Group)

Ricky Martin, Pausa (Sony Latin)

Sam Smith, Love Goes (Capitol)

Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist 

Arca, KiCk i (XL)

Chika, Industry Games (Warner Records)

FLETCHER, The (S)ex Tapes (Capitol)

Keiynan Lonsdale, Rainbow Boy (Keiynan Lonsdale)

Kidd Kenn, Child’s Play (Island Records)

Orville Peck, Show Pony (Columbia/Sub Pop)

Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher (Dead Oceans)

Rina Sawayama, Sawayama (Dirty Hit/Avex Trax)

Trixie Mattel, Barbara (Producer Entertainment Group/ATO Records)

Victoria Monét, Jaguar (Tribe Records) 

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)

Happiest Season (Hulu)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

The Old Guard (Netflix)

The Prom (Netflix)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

Ammonite (NEON)

And Then We Danced (Music Box Films)

The Boys in the Band (Netflix)

The Half of It (Netflix)

I Carry You With Me (Sony Pictures Classics)

Kajillionaire (Focus Features)

The Life Ahead (Netflix)

Lingua Franca (ARRAY/Netflix)

Monsoon (Strand Releasing)

The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding Documentary

Circus of Books (Netflix)

Disclosure (Netflix)

Equal (HBO Max)

For They Know Not What They Do (First Run Features)

Howard (Disney+)

Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)

Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (Virgil FIlms/Shudder)

Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)

We Are The Radical Monarchs (PBS POV)

Welcome to Chechnya (HBO) 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Big Mouth (Netflix)

Dead to Me (Netflix)

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)

Harley Quinn (HBO Max)

Love, Victor (Hulu)

Saved by the Bell (Peacock)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Sex Education (Netflix)

Superstore (NBC)

Twenties (BET)

Outstanding Drama Series

9-1-1: Lone Star (FOX)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

P-Valley (Starz)

Ratched (Netflix)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Supergirl (The CW)

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Vida (Starz)

The Wilds (Amazon)

Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding TV Movie

Alice Júnior (Netflix)

Bad Education (HBO)

The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel)

The Christmas Setup (Lifetime)

Dashing in December (Paramount Network)

La Leyenda Negra (HBO Latino/HBO Max)

The Thing About Harry (Freeform) 

Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios)

Unpregnant (HBO Max)

Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

Dispatches from Elsewhere (AMC)

The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)

Hollywood (Netflix)

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu) 

Outstanding Reality Program

Deaf U (Netflix)

Legendary (HBO Max)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

We’re Here (HBO)  

Outstanding Children’s Programming

“Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” DuckTales (Disney XD)

“Dogbot” Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS)

“Nancy Plays Dress Up” Fancy Nancy (Disney Junior)

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max)

Summer Camp Island (HBO Max)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming

Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)

Diary of a Future President (Disney+)

First Day (Hulu)

Kipo and The Age of the Wonderbeasts (Dreamworks Animation/Netflix)

The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

“Mary Anne Saves the Day” The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

“Obsidian” Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO Max)

The Owl House (Disney Channel)

She-Ra & The Princesses of Power (Dreamworks Animation/Netflix)

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Video Game

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft) 

Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2K Games) 

Bugsnax (Young Horses) 

Hades (Supergiant Games) 

If Found… (Annapurna Interactive) 

Ikenfell (Humble Games) 

Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft) 

The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertainment) 

Tell Me Why (Xbox Game Studios) 

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Blizzard Entertainment)

Outstanding Comic Book 

Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, written by Al Ewing, Dan  Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira (Marvel Comics) 

Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin (DC Comics) 

Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Al Ewing (Marvel Comics) 

Juliet Takes a Breath, written by Gabby Rivera (BOOM! Studios) 

Lois Lane, written by Greg Rucka (DC Comics) 

The Magic Fish, written by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic) 

Suicide Squad, written by Tom Taylor (DC Comics) 

Wynd, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios) 

X-Factor, written by Leah Williams (Marvel Comics) 

You Brought Me the Ocean, written by Alex Sanchez (DC Comics) 

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode

“Andy Cohen Calls for Change So He Can Donate His Plasma” Watch What Happens Live with Andy  Cohen (Bravo) 

“Black Trans Lives Matter” Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) 

“Emily’s Coming Out Story” Red Table Talk: The Estefans (Facebook Watch) 

“Laverne Cox – Exploring Trans Representation with ‘Disclosure’” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah  (Comedy Central)  

“Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality” A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC)  

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment 

“Black Trans Activists on Being the ‘Blueprint for the Struggle for Black Freedom’” MSNBC Live with Hallie  Jackson (MSNBC) 

“Dwyane Wade One-On-One: Basketball Legend Opens Up About Supporting Transgender Daughter”  Good Morning America (ABC) 

“Faith, Foster Care and LGBTQ Rights Collide in Supreme Court” ABC News Prime (ABC News Live)

“One-on-One with Transportation Secretary Nominee Pete Buttigieg” State of the Union (CNN)

“Trans and Non-Binary People Face Voting Barriers Ahead of 2020 Election” (CBSN) 

Outstanding TV Journalism – Long-Form 

“ABC News Joe Biden Town Hall” (ABC) 

“The Deciders” (CBS) 

“Pride and Protest: Being Black and Queer in America in 2020” (NBC News NOW)

“Pride on ABC News Live: The Landmark Decision” (ABC News Live)  

“Prideland” (PBS)  

Outstanding Print Article 

“20 LGBTQ+ People Working to Save Lives on the Frontline” by Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia,  Tracy Gilchrist, Desiree Guerrero, Jeffrey Masters, Donald Padgett, and Daniel Reynolds (The Advocate)

“The AIDS Quilt Marches Home” by Jason Sheeler (People

 “As Homeless Shelters Brace for Funding Cuts, LGBTQ Youths Take Desperate Measures to Get By” by  Samantha Schmidt (The Washington Post

“Delaware’s Sarah McBride Makes History as the Nation’s First Openly Transgender State Senator” by  Meg Ryan (Delaware Today

“How a March for Black Trans Lives Became a Huge Event” by Anushka Patil (The New York Times

“It’s Time for a New Tipping Point for Transgender Folks in Hollywood” by Tre’vell Anderson (Out

“LGBTQ Americans Are Getting Coronavirus, Losing Jobs. Anti-Gay Bias is Making it Worse for Them.”  by Petruce Jean-Charles (USA Today

“Lutheran High School Athletic Trainer, Coach Says She Was Fired for Being Gay” by Arika Herron (The  Indianapolis Star)  

“States Won’t Collect LGBTQ Data on COVID-19 — and Advocates Aren’t Happy” by Chris Johnson  (Washington Blade

“Why Billy Porter is a National Treasure” by Tre’vell Anderson (Essence)  

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage 

The Advocate 

Billboard  

People 

Plus 

Variety

Outstanding Online Journalism Article 

“The Battle Over Title IX and Who Gets to be a Woman in Sports: Inside the Raging National Debate” by  Katie Barnes (epsnW.com) 

“Gay Men Speak Out After Being Turned Away from Donating Blood During Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘We  are Turning Away Perfectly Healthy Donors’” by Tony Morrison and Joel Lyons  (GoodMorningAmerica.com) 

“Here’s how Reggie Greer Takes on LGBTQ Outreach for Joe Biden in this ‘Very Personal’ Election” by  John Gallagher (LGBTQNation.com) 

“No Medicine, No Food: Coronavirus Restrictions Amplify Health Risks to LGBT+ People with HIV” by  Nita Bhalla and Oscar Lopez (Openlynews.com) 

“An Oral History of Fashion’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic” [series] by Phillip Picardi (VOGUE.com)

“Queer Spaces Project” [series] by Nico Lang, Samantha Allen, Marke B., Matt Baume, Steven Blum,  Alexander Cheves, Devlyn Camp, Michael Cuby, James Factora, KC Hoard, Sophie Hurwitz, Michelle  Kim, and Daniel Villareal (them.us) 

“Trans Athletes’ Fight for Inclusion in World Rugby” [series] by Dawn Ennis, Alex Reimer, Karleigh Webb,  and Cyd Zeigler (Outsports.com) 

“Trans Freedom Fighters” [series] by Sam Levin (TheGuardian.com) “Trans, Imprisoned — and Trapped” by Kate Sosin (NBCNews.com)  

“‘You Don’t Belong Here’: In Poland’s ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ Existing is an Act of Defiance” by Ivana  Kottasová and Rob Picheta (CNN.com) 

Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia 

“A Closer Look: Transgender in Kashmir” by Robert Leslie (Business Insider)  

“I’m an Immigrant Fighting for Queer Rights and Racial Justice” by Abigail E. Disney, Catherine King,  Maria Nunez, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Patty Quillin, Julie Parker Benello, Susan Sherrerd, and Lynda  Weinman (Refinery29) 

“Stop Killing Us: Black Transgender Women’s Lived Experiences” by Talibah Newman Ometu, Thomas  Blount, Juliana Schatz Preston, and Mariah Dupont (Complex World) 

“They Will See You: LGBTQ+ Visibility in Advertising” by Brent Miller, Otto Bell, and Jordan Shavarebi  (Great Big Story)  

“Why LGBTQ Rights Hinge on the Definition of ‘Sex’” by Laura Bult, Ranjani Chakraborty, Melissa Hirsch,  and Sidnee King (Vox) 

Outstanding Blog  

Gays With Kids 

JoeMyGod 

Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents 

The Reckoning 

TransGriot 

Special Recognition 

After Forever (Amazon) 

Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast 

Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records) 

Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment) 

Out (Pixar/Disney+) 

Razor Tongue (YouTube)  

“The Son” Little America (Apple TV+)

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