Superfruit to perform at 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles

April 9, 2018

Matt Goodman
Associate Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8028
mgoodman@glaad.org

Betty Who to perform at after party presented by Hyundai

Britney Spears and Jim Parsons to be honored; special appearances by Halle Berry, Jim Parsons, Wanda Sykes Chloe Grace Moretz, Lena Waithe, Adam Rippon, and more

New York, NY – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced performances from Betty Who and Superfruit at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Superfruit will perform during the awards and Betty Who will perform at the after party presented by Hyundai.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo. 

GLAAD announced that Britney Spears would receive the Vanguard Award for her LGBTQ advocacy and that Jim Parsons would receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for his work telling LGBTQ stories on screen.

Betty Who is a performer and songwriter who has elevated herself to a worldwide phenomenon. Acclaimed by Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Elle Magazine, and more, Betty Who’s total Spotify streams exceed 150 million and she regularly averages over 3.3 million monthly listeners on the platform. Beyond countless sold out headline tours, she’s delivered knockout television appearances on The Today Show, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The View, and many more. A dedicated supporter of human rights, women, children, and the LGBTQ+ community, she has given performances to benefit UNICEF, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, and many more.

Betty Who has been a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community and attributes much of her success to them. She told Gay Times: “It’s such a blessing and I’m so grateful for the support of the LGBT community has shown me…I attribute much of my career to the LGBT community kind of taking me under their wing when I was such a young artist.”

Superfruit (Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying) was launched in August 2013 and have since amassed more than 350 million views of their music and comedy videos. Their musical content has ranged from artist medleys – their Beyoncé medley was hailed “Flawless” by Huff Post and endorsed by Beyoncé herself – to one-take theatrical performances, such as their Frozen and La La Land medleys.  Buzzfeed declared that “Superfruit has turned your hip-hop faves into Broadway Masterpieces” with their “Hip Hop Goes Broadway” videos, the first garnering nearly 9 million views. Superfruit released an animated video featuring their original song “Bad 4 Us” last October, which was praised by as “a disco soul jam!” As members of Pentatonix, the 3x Grammy winners have sold more than 6 million albums in the U.S. alone, received a Daytime Emmy nomination, starred in their very own Christmas Special and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe.  Their YouTube channel boasts over 13 million subscribers, yielding over 2.5 billion video views. Their RIAA certified gold self-titled album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart while That’s Christmas To Me has been certified double platinum and A Pentatonix Christmas certified platinum.

Superfruit will also perform during the Rising Stars Luncheon at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 11 at the Beverly Hilton. The Rising Stars program empowers and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ change makers, whose advocacy is changing their local communities and the culture at large. More information on the Rising Stars Luncheon can be found here: https://www.glaad.org/releases/tommy-dorfman-host-2018-rising-stars-luncheon-29th-annual-glaad-media-awards-los-angeles

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards continue in New York City on Saturday, May 5. During that ceremony, Samira Wiley will receive the Vito Russo Award and Ross Mathews will serve as host. Special guests include Halsey, Laverne Cox, Asia Kate Dillon, Lea Michele and Wrabel. 

In January, GLAAD announced 125 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 16 Spanish-language nominees in 4 categories. The nominees for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced during the Sundance Film Festival by actors Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”). Nominees across entertainment and news media included This Is UsCall Me by Your NameLady BirdBattle of the SexesA Fantastic WomanBillionsThe VoiceWill & GraceAndi Mack, Halsey, Kesha, Kehlani, Teen VogueThe Daily Show with Trevor NoahNBC Nightly News, HuffPost, and CNN en Español. GLAAD announced a Special Recognition Award for Jay-Z’s song and music video “Smile” featuring his mother Gloria Carter who used the song to come out as a lesbian as well as a Special Recognition Award to the animated short film In A Heartbeat. Nominees can be found here: www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees

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The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards corporate partners include Presenting Partners Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo. GLAAD is also grateful to: Official Partner Bud Light; Platinum Partners 21st Century Fox, Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Creative Arts Agency (CAA), Comcast NBCUniversal | Telemundo, Disney ABC Television Group | ESPN, Hyundai, Kaiser Permanente, Kelley Drye, MetLife, NBA | WNBA, Netflix, Omnicom Group, SheppardMullin, Southwest Airlines, and Turner; Gold Partners CBS | Showtime, Facebook, Nielsen, PwC, UM, Univision, Warner Bros.; and Silver Partners Coca-Cola, Hornet, Major League Baseball, Morgan Stanley, Pride Media, Skadden, Variety, and WWE. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, purchase tickets, and place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.