Demi Lovato
Singer Demi Lovato accepts the Vanguard Award onstage during the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The GLAAD Media Awards honor those who further the organization’s mission of ensuring that stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are heard through media outlets. Winners were announced on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, at the Awards’ 27th edition.

Former Disney star Demi Lovato, who is known for her killer vocals, but also for her devotion to causes she deems dear to her heart, was recognized with the Vanguard Award for her advocacy for acceptance of the LGBT community.

The singer was introduced and presented with the award by close friend and tour-mate, Nick Jonas, after she had performed her dramatic hit song “Stone Cold” for the attendants and honorees. “I always knew that if I made it as a singer that I would need to use my voice for so much more than just singing,” Lovato said fighting back tears. “This award means so much to me, more than any music award because this is the real stuff.”

Lovato has often spoken about her grandfather who came out as gay in the 1960’s, and has been very supportive of the LGBT community’s rights and voice. The singer also filmed the music video for her song “Really Don’t Care” at the L.A. Pride festival. She’s been a huge advocate for mental health awareness, female empowerment, LGBT rights, and recently paid a visit to Children's Hopital Los Angeles with Jonas to brighten the kids' day with a VIP concert.

Other winners also included the series "Transparent" and "Sense8," as well as Caitlin Jenner’s E! reality TV show, “I Am Cait,” tied with Jazz Jennings' show, “I Am Jazz,” plus “Orange in the New Black” star Ruby Rose, who received the Stephen F. Kolzak award, given to an LGBT media professional who has made a difference in promoting equality and acceptance.

The award ceremony was televised for the first time in nearly ten years, and it’s set to air in a broadcast on Logo, this April 4.

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