JAY-Z and Beyoncé were honored with the Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The Vanguard Award is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.
While accepting their awards, JAY-Z paid tribute to his mother, Gloria Carter, who received special recognition last year.
He said, “I get to follow in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance, and thank her for her beautiful speech at the end of the song, ‘Smile,’ and for her allowing me to tell her story.”
Beyoncé became overwhelmed with emotions as she remembered her late uncle Johnny, who lost his battle with HIV.
The R&B superstar said he was the “most fabulous gay man I have ever met.”
She went on to say:
He lived his truth. He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.
Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I ever lived. I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open other pathways for other young people to live more freely.
Watch below as the Carters accept their award.
Congrats to JAY and Bey!