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Beyoncé, Jay-Z to be honoured at GLAAD Media Awards

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: the power couple will be honoured at the GLAAD Media Awards for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.

GLAAD says the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at March 28 awards show

Hip Hop artist Jay-Z and singer Beyoncé will be honoured with GLAAD's Vanguard Award at the 30th annual awards on March 28 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: the power couple will be honoured at the GLAAD Media Awards for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.

GLAAD announced Monday that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The award, previously given to Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio Banderas, honours "allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people," GLAAD said.

GLAAD said Beyoncé, who has a large gay fan base, is being recognized for speaking out about marriage equality nationwide; for including members of the LBGTQ community in her music videos; and for dedicating one of her performances to the victims and survivors of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting.

Jay-Z received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award last year for his song and video for Smile, which featured his mother Gloria Carter, who is a lesbian. GLAAD said the rap icon is being honoured because of his inclusion of LGBTQ artists in his work, from Janet Mock to James Baldwin, and for his support of marriage equality. 

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