By Susan Payne
During the GLAAD Media Awards this spring, Bad Bunny was honored with the Vanguard Award presented by Ricky Martin, a Latin pop star.
The award is given to allies who have made “a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues,” according to Rolling Stone.
Martin introduced Bad Bunny and the many feats he’s made in his career, including being the most streamed artist in history. Martin also commended Bad Bunny’s allyship and the way he loudly stands with trans women and the entire community, telling every fan to let the LGBTQ people dance, sing, love, and live lives authentically, Rolling Stone reported.
As Bad Bunny accepted the trophy, he spoke in Spanish to the audience, thanking GLAAD for the honor and “the whole LGBTQ community for embracing me, for me loving me the way they do, and for inspiring me too.”
“I believe that when you have a good heart and you give love, that’s what you get back. That’s the only thing I’ve wanted to do this whole time with my music, with what I represent, with my shows, and with everything I do. That’s all I want, to give and receive love. That’s fundamental,” he said.
Other honorees during the evening ceremony included Christina Aguilera, Jeremy Pope and Jennifer Coolidge.