Jennifer Hudson And Orville Peck To Receive Honorary GLAAD Media Awards At NYC Ceremony – Deadline

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GLAAD said Tuesday that Jennifer Hudson and country singer Orville Peck will be honored with special awards at the 35th annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony May 11 in New York.

Hudson, the Grammy and Oscar winner whose The Jennifer Hudson Show is nominated for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode at the New York ceremony, will receive GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award for championing allyship and promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues. Peck will receive the Vito Russo Award for elevating LGBTQ awareness in country music.

Both will be honored at the New York ceremony hosted by Ross Matthews at the Hilton Midtown. The evening will also see 17 remaining GLAAD Media Awards handed out after a portion were announced during the Los Angeles ceremony in March hosted by Wayne Brady.

GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award is given to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Hudson joins recent previous winners including Maren Morris, Judith Light, Ava DuVernay, Patti LaBelle and Debra Messing.

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The Vito Russo Award is named after GLAAD co-founder and ACT UP activist Vito Russo. Previous honorees include Wilson Cruz, Billy Porter, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Andy Cohen and RuPaul.

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said Peck “paved a new frontier for artists in a genre historically exclusionary of queer voices.”

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