Recording Academy, GLAAD Announce LGBTQ+ Inclusion Partnership

The partnership also comes with a $150,000 donation from the Recording Academy.

GLAAD and the Recording Academy announced a joint partnership that fosters LGBTQ+ inclusion and representation in the music industry. On Tuesday (Jan. 25), both organizations shared the goal is to not only diversify the music industry but to champion and honor LGTBQ+ musicians and artists.

According to, initiatives that will come from the partnership include a $150,000 donation donated to GLAAD on behalf of the Recording Academy.

Editorial content and social media spotlights will also feature LGBTQ+ artists on and Other initiatives include DEI training sessions hosted by the GLAAD Media Institute for Recording Academy leaders and staff to be more informed about LGBTQ+ people and issues, Variety reports.

The Recording Academy has also offered support at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards held in Los Angeles on Saturday (April 2) and in New York City on Friday (May 6).

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“We’re thrilled to double-down on our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion in partnership with GLAAD to inspire a culture of belonging and respect within the music industry,” said Tammy Hurt, Recording Academy Board of Trustees Chair, in an official statement. “This partnership embodies our joint commitment to accelerate progress for LGBTQ+ voices and ensure that the music community is representative of the many diverse artists who contribute to and call this industry home.”

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis added, “The music industry is one of the most powerful avenues for bringing cultural conversations around diversity and inclusion to the forefront. Our new partnership with the Recording Academy will shape the future of LGBTQ+ inclusion in music and uplift underrepresented voices within the industry who have been overlooked for far too long.”

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Lil Nas X ranks at the top for one of the most nominated LGBTQ+ artists for the 64th annual GRAMMY Awards with five nominations, with three nods coming from the “Big Four” categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

He is also nominated for Best Music Video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and Best Melodic Rap Performance “Industry Baby,” featuring Jack Harlow.

The 64th annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on April 3 in Las Vegas, after being initially postponed earlier this year.

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