It was announced today (April 21) that Mariah Carey will be recognized at the GLAAD Media Awards in its 27th year.
The ceremony will occur at the Waldorf Astoria New York next month on May 14 in New York City. Carey will be presented with the award by director Lee Daniels.
The award that Carey will receive is the Ally Award, which is always given to “a media figure who has consistently used their platform to support and advance LGBT equality and acceptance.” Some past recipients of the award include Janet Jackson, Cher, Russell Simmons, Elizabeth Taylor and Patti LaBelle.
In a statement sent to Billboard the president of GLAAD & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Through her music and outspoken support, Mariah Carey has inspired and empowered countless LGBT fans across the globe. She is a longtime ally and friend to the LGBT community who has worked tirelessly to move acceptance and inclusion forward.”
Laverne Cox will serve as host for the event, which has largely been instated to honor the media personnel for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBT in entertainment and media. The award shows serve to “fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality and acceptance.”
In January, GLAAD had listed a record 101 nominees for the media awards this year.
At the Los Angeles ceremony in early April, Lilly Wachowski, Demi Lovato and Ruby Rose were honored. Robert De Niro is slated to receive an Excellence in Media Award in the New York ceremony along with Carey.