LGBT Artists and Allies Pick Up Grammy Nods

Nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were announced yesterday, and include several for LGBT artists, allies, and inclusive programs.

Pop icon Lady Gaga picked up three nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. In the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, openly gay saxophone player Dave Koz also received a nomination.

Best Musical Theater Album only had three nominees this year, but one of those went to The Book of Mormon, which features both a gay character and openly gay actor Rory O'Malley in the role. In the TV and Film category, Glee, True Blood, and Burlesque all got nods for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

A number of LGBT allies were recognized as well, including another nomination for comedian Kathy Griffin for her comedy album, 50 and Not PregnantTina Fey, Barbra Streisand, Robyn, and the Katy Perry song "Fireworks" were also nominated for one or more trophies.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air February 12 at 8/7c on CBS.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.