Looks like the GLAAD Media Awards are moving forward come hell or virtual streaming! The organization today announced that this year's event, set to air on July 30 at 8 p.m. ET, will occur virtually. And as always, there's quite the lineup of celebrities already on board.
After previously announcing 175 nominees across 30 categories, the awards will boast a performance by Chloe X Halle, while Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere will perform as hosts. Among the other names to appear: Dolly Parton, Lil Nas X, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Dan Levy, Ryan O'Connell, Angelica Ross, Peppermint, Brian Michael Smith, Olivia Wilde, Lena Waithe, Beanie Feldstein, Cara Delevingne and more. Yep, a full house.
The show will air on GLAAD's Facebook and YouTube first, before a re-run will air on Logo on August 3.
“Among this year’s nominees are a wide range of stories and narratives about LGBTQ people of different races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and other identities that demonstrate the power of inclusion and diversity in fostering positive cultural change,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “As this year’s Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important.”
This event comes in place of the now canceled galas in New York and Los Angeles. Those events were abandoned as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, costing the media watchdog group $2 million. The events are the organization's largest fundraisers and were set to honor Taylor Swift, Ryan Murphy, Judith Light, Janet Mock, and boast Lilly Singh as host.