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Lilly Singh Will Host the GLAAD Media Awards in New York

Lilly Singh and Judith Light in a diptych.

If you were unsure about it before, well it’s getting confirmed now: we are stepping into the reign of Lilly Singh. After debuting as the host of her own NBC late show A Little Late with Lilly Singh, last year, the bisexual comedian will now host the GLAAD Media Awards in New York

Singh, who made history as the first openly bisexual person to host a late-night talk show on broadcast television, came to prominance largely through building her own platform. Through a variety of YouTube channels, she built an audience of over 32 million followers, while also forming her own production company Unicorn Island Productions.  With it, she also acts as an executive producer.

But, the Awards could see Singh pull double duty as both host and winner. 2020 marks her first-ever GLAAD Media Award nomination for her segment “Lilly is Struggling to Date Women,” on the new NBC show. It is up for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode. It is up against a Jacob Tobia appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, a Billy Porter appearance on The View, a Jonathan Van Ness appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and an episode of The Ellen Show where the host meets a mormon valedictorian who came out as gay during their commencement speech.

While it’s unclear whether Singh will go home with the honor of winning, the award show has announced that Judith Light will be honored with the Excellence In Media Award. Previously presented to the likes of Ava DuVernay, Kelly Ripa, Debra Messing, Glenn Close, and Diane Sawyer, the honor is bestowed on “media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people” according to a release. Light’s honor comes after appearances in projects like Transparent as well as The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and a long history of activism with organizations like the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The GLAAD Media Awards will take place in New York City on March 19. 

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