VIDEO: Kacey Musgraves becomes first country star to perform at NY #glaadawards

Grammy Award-winning country sensation Kacey Musgraves made history when she became the first country artist to perform at the New York GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday. 

Check out Musgraves' performance of her LGBT-empowering song "Follow Your Arrow" below:

Musgraves has been a vocal ally to the LGBT community and used her voice as a 2013 Spirit Day Ambassador to show support for LGBT youth and put an end to anti-LGBT bullying. Her hit single "Follow Your Arrow" encourages listeners to "say what you think" and "love who you love" and "kiss lots of boys / or kiss lots of girls / if that's something you're into."

Kacey also showed her support for equality with a pride clutch, which she sported on the red carpet.

Also at the event, GLAAD's President Sarah Kate Ellis received two standing ovations after being introduced by LGBT icon David Mixner. Sarah Kate shared her vision for GLAAD, underscoring how important it is to protect all that has been accomplished. The organizations new initiatives include Global Voices, Southern Stories and Help Engage Youth, these programs are designed to amplify the voice of equality around the world.

Check out all of the award recipients here or follow us on twitter for exclusive photos!

George Takei received the Vito Russo Award. Comedian Fortune Feimster hosted the event. Special guests included: Naomi Watts (Birdman); Emmy Rossum (Shameless); Laverne Cox, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Samira Wiley, Dascha Polanco, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles, Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black); Robin Weigert, Stacie Passon (Concussion); Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly); Lee Tergesen (The Americans); pop star Boy George; Raúl Castillo, Frankie J. Álvarez (Looking); Tamron Hall (Today's Take); Candis Cayne (Elementary); country singer Chely Wright; out Grammy-winning country music songwriter Shane McAnally; New Orleans bounce performer Big Freedia; out NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon; WWE Superstar Darren Young; Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup; MMA fighter Jessica Aguilar; transgender model Geena Rocero; GLAAD National Spokespersons Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr., and GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis.

Additional awards were presented in Los Angeles on April 12 at the Beverly Hiltons Hotel, see the list of winners here.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. The New York City event is presented locally by Delta Airlines and Bud Light.

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