JAY-Z to receive special recognition award from GLAAD


 // Jan 19, 2018

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Of the many confessional lyrics on JAY-Z's 4:44, the reveal of his mother Gloria's homosexuality on "Smile"—an admission he didn't originally have her blessing to discuss—was among his most vulnerable. The revelation came from a conversation between the mother and son that led him to cry, and was a move that GLAAD immediately applauded.

The organization will now give praise to JAY-Z again at its 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced today (January 19) that JAY will receive a special recognition award for "Smile" and its music video, a visual he dropped back in November along with the clips for "Legacy" and "Marcy Me." Watch it below.

JAY-Z - Smile ft. Gloria Carter

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York on May 5.

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