LGBT ally Kacey Musgraves wins big at queer-dominated Grammys

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Country singer Kacey Musgraves won the coveted Album of the Year award for her album “Golden Hour” marking the end of a Grammys award show filled with plenty of queer women representation.

Musgraves, who also won Country Album of the Year, has emerged as an LGBTQ ally in the country music world. She has spoken up for more LGBTQ inclusion in country music and her song “Follow Your Arrow” was hailed as a pro-LGBTQ anthem. Musgraves also served as judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Musgraves also took home Best Country Solo Performance (“Butterflies”), and Best Country Song (“Space Cowboy”) Awards for a total of four winning categories.

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Fans question if Ariana Grande is queerbaiting in new music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ariana Grande has fans questioning if she is hinting at her bisexuality in her new music video for the single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”

In the lyrics of the song, which appears on her latest album “thank u, next,” Grande describes her lust for her love interest who has a girlfriend. The video seems to follow the same storyline with Grande spotting Charles Milton (“Riverdale”) at the club. She appears attracted to him but notices he came with his girlfriend. The couple invites Grande to hang out with them and Grande, annoyed with their relationship, tries to get in between them.

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Madonna to be honored at GLAAD Media Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) | Madonna will be honored at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards for a lifetime of accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group announced Feb. 5 it will present Madonna with its advocate for change award. The 60-year-old singer is the second person and first woman to receive the award that honors a person who, through their work, changed the game for LGBTQ people.

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Sam Smith and Normani release ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ music video

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Sam Smith and Normani released the video for their new song “Dancing with a Stranger,” the first collaboration between the pop stars.

Directed by Vaughan Arnell, the video features Smith and Normani attempting to get over their exes by dancing “with someone new.” As they mull over their failed relationships, holographs of different people dance around them.

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Bradley Cooper joins Lady Gaga for a surprise performance of ‘Shallow’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga surprised fans who attended her “Enigma” show at the Park Theater in Las Vegas on Saturday night with a special performance with her “A Star is Born” co-star, Bradley Cooper.

Cooper was in attendance at the show when Gaga announced she was bringing him on stage to sing her finale song.

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Lady Gaga calls Mike and Karen Pence the ‘worst representation’ of a Christian

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga paused her Las Vegas show “Enigma” on Saturday to give some political commentary on the government shutdown and Karen Pence’s new teaching job.

“If the fucking President of the United States could please put our government back in business,” Gaga said in the middle of performing “A Million Reasons” on the piano. “There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.”

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‘Queer Eve’ Fab Five pay tribute to Beyonce, Britney Spears on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

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The “Queer Eye” Fab Five paid tribute to Beyonce, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga on the season five premiere of “Lip-Sync Battle.”

Bobby Berk, Tan France and Antoni Porowski lip-synced to “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears with all three donning some of Spears’ iconic music video looks. Berk was dressed in the red jumpsuit from “Oops..I Did It Again;” France wore the ringmaster outfit from “Circus” and Porowski rocked Spears’ flight attendant outfit from “Toxic.”

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Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971.

Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors who paid big money for her vinyl records. But in 2010, the Canadian Broadcasting Company produced an audio documentary about her, awakening a wider interest in the pioneering singer. Today her face is painted on a massive 20-story musical mural in Toronto with other influential musicians like Muddy Waters.

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The Weeknd’s ‘Lost in the Fire’ lyrics branded homophobic

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The Weeknd is being called out for lyrics perceived as homophobic on his new song “Lost in the Fire,” a collaboration with French techno DJ Gesaffelstein.

On the track the Weeknd sings: “You said you might be into girls (Into girls). Said you’re going through a phase (Through a phase). Keeping your heart safe (Keepin’ your heart safe, oh). Well, baby, you can bring a friend (Bring a friend). She can ride on top your face (Top your face). While I fuck you straight (While I fuck you straight, yeah).”

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Watch: Troye Sivan lights up a beach romance in ‘Lucky Strike’ video

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Troye Sivan indulges in a beach romance in his latest music video “Lucky Strike.”

The video, directed by Emma Westenberg who also directed Janelle Monáe’s “Pynk” video, shows Sivan lounging on the beach. The bartender catches his eye and he makes his way over to get a drink. He whips up a special drink for Sivan which includes blood from Sivan’s heart.

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Chaz Bono meets cast backstage at ‘The Cher Show’ on Broadway

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Chaz Bono paid a visit to “The Cher Show” on Broadway on Jan. 5 and met with members of the cast who portray his real-life parents.

After the show, Bono met with Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond, who all play Cher at various points in her life; Jarrod Spector, who portrays Sonny Bono, and the rest of the show’s cast.

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Ricky Martin and husband Jwan Yosef welcome baby girl

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Ricky Martin and his husband Jwan Yosef have a new addition to their family.

Martin announced that they are now the parents to a baby girl, Lucía Martin-Yosef, on Instagram. The post shows a close-up of the baby’s hands.

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