WE STAN A LEGEND.
On Thursday, Britney Spears was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. And there were a few reasons as to why this night was a memorable one.
Not only did Godney hit the red carpet in a shimmering Giannina Azar mini-dress and Christian Louboutin heels, but she also brought boyfriend Sam Asghari as her plus one. We’re glad to see that these two are doing well — although we’re still waiting for an update on that pesky “babies” rumor.
Regardless, Sam couldn’t be prouder of Britney, as he gushed on Instagram:
“So proud of my better half @britneyspears to have such huge impact in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ ├░┼╕┬Å┬│├»┬╕┬Å├óΓé¼┬ì├░┼╕┼Æ╦å . The world is a better place because you are here ├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å thank you @glaadfor having us tonight ├░┼╕Γäó┬Å #gladdawards#vanguardaward#icon”
Once inside the event, BritBrit lived it up, as she posed for pics with Olympian darlings Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy. This only makes sense as the Toxic singer had pretty much declared them her bestiez on Twitter during the Olympics. Again, color us jealous!
Still, Thursday evening was all about Britney, as the 36-year-old was celebrated for her work promoting equality and acceptance of the LGBTQ community. Ricky Martin was tapped to introduce the hitmaker, and totally nailed it, with a rousing speech about his own coming out journey.
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star shared:
“Nine years ago, when I became a father, I knew I had to publicly come out; it was not easy. But I met GLAAD, and I am so grateful they were there to help me. This year, I felt like I had a mission to play Gianni Versace‘s lover, Antonio D’Amico, and bring awareness to this tragic story. GLAAD knows that sharing our stories is what accelerates acceptance, and sadly, the lives of LGBTQ people├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥famous or not├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥are still at risk. We must all find our own ways to fight against injustice, whether it is directed at us, LGBTQ people, at immigrants, or at my fellow Puerto Ricans, who are still without food, water and power.”
Hear! Hear! He continued:
“Our ally, Britney Spears├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥she fights for acceptance in her own way. Britney is a multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon. It’s incredible. She could be one of those stars with a huge LGBTQ following who says nothing and does nothing, but instead, she uses her platform to remind audiences around the globe that intolerance is unacceptable.”
The Livin’ la Vida Loca artist concluded his introduction by calling Britney an “artist, fighter, and a friend.” We’re getting choked up. Seriously.
The pop princess was then escorted through the ballroom at the bash and brought onto the stage. During her acceptance speech, the blonde chart topper noted:
“I feel like our society has put such an emphasis on what’s ‘normal,’ and to be different is unusual or seen as strange. But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing. Events like this, the one we are attending here tonight, show the world that we are not alone. We can all join hands together here and know that we are all beautiful and we can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation. Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally, and you all in this room have shown me throughout my career what it means to be loved unconditionally. It’s such an honor to be here. Thank you so much, GLAAD, and thank you to the LGBTQ community. And to my family and all of my friends and fans, I love you very much.”
And we “love you very much,” Britney!! Way to go.
For more pics from the event, be sure to ch-ch-check out the gallery (above)!
[Image via WENN.]