Ricky Martin dedicates honor to Chilean hate crime victim at the #glaadawards

Latin pop sensation Ricky Martin responded to his GLAAD Media Award nod in the Outstanding Music Artist (Spanish-language) category by dedicating the honor to Chilean hate crime victim, Daniel Zamudio. Zamudio, 24, was brutally attacked because of his sexual orientation and left in a coma earlier this month. His assailants drew a swastika on Zamudio’s chest before leaving him for dead.

In 2011, Martin was honored with the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York.  The Vito Russo Award is presented annually to an LGBT professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Watch video of Martin’s remarks below.

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York were hosted by Glee co-stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, who, along with John Stamos, auctioned off kisses to three lucky attendees. Check out the video of the auction below.

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For a complete list of winners, click here.  Check out pictures of the event:

On April 21 Valerie Bertinelli, Ellen DeGeneres, Fran Drescher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Hutcherson, Ali Larter, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Gilles Marini, Anna Paquin, Molly Shannon, Kim Wayans and Betty White will voice their support for equality by attending the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.  On June 2, another Glee star, Dianna Agron, will be taking center stage by hosting the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.  For ticket information, click here.

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York were presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and presented locally in New York by Delta Air Lines and Prudential. Delta Air Lines is the local presenting partner in Los Angeles. Southwest is the local presenting partner of San Francisco.

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