Shangela Beyonce Tribute: Shangela, a RuPaul’s Drag Race alum, performed at the GLAAD Awards to a medley of Beyoncé songs that spanned her whole career. This year’s Vanguard Award went to Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, who were both in attendance.
Shangela put her extensive dance performance experience, as well as her admiration for Beyoncé, to use on the GLAAD stage. While performing, the drag superstar was accompanied by four crop-top-clad male dancers, who helped her power through a mix of Destiny’s Child and solo Beyoncé hits, including “Bootylicious,” “Partition,” “Single Ladies,” and “Flawless.”
Throughout the medley, Beyoncé could be seen cheering and giving a standing ovation to the audience members in attendance. During her award speech, she stated that she had gotten a good run in her stockings from her support of Shangela’s athletic endeavors.
During their combined acceptance speech, Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid respect to their LGBTQ family members, as well as to each other. With “Smile,” Jay-Z pays respect to his mother Gloria Carter, who was raised as a lesbian, and whose narrative he narrates in his song “Smile.” Beyoncé paid tribute to her Uncle Johnny, who was a gay man who died as a result of problems caused by the HIV virus.
Shangela was most recently seen on Season Three of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars, when she made it into the Top Four and earned the title of Queen. Additionally, she appeared in A Star Is Born as the manager of the drag bar where Lady Gaga’s character, Ally, performs as a supporting character.
According to the Metro, the pair went on to give an emotional speech about their LGBT supporters.
According to Beyoncé, ‘one of the most beautiful memories of our tour was standing on the stage every night and watching the toughest gangsters trappin’ out right next to the most exquisite queens, appreciating and celebrating one another.
‘And that is the responsibility of my partnership: to bring together people who, at first appearance, appear to be worlds apart. Whether it is friends or family, the LGBTQ community has always been there to support and raise us up.
They were in attendance to accept GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is given to “allies who have made a major difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ individuals,” according to the organization’s website. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also in attendance to accept the award.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the music power couple was introduced onstage by other renowned celebrities, including Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, and longtime Beyoncé stylist Ty Hunter, who all played supporting roles.
During their speech, Jay-Z thanked his mother, Gloria, for coming out in her son’s song “Smile,” which was released earlier this year. In 2018, she was given a special award in honor of her achievements.
Beyoncé opened her address with the words, “We had no idea what to expect from those wonderful presenters. I’m just incredibly grateful and overwhelmed. I’ve already shed a tear and had a run in my stocking from Shangela.”