Ricky Martin was honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards held last night in New York City. The Puerto Rican singer and newly minted Evita star took home the Spanish-Language Outstanding Music Artist award for his album, Música + Alma + Sexo.
Although Martin skipped the celebrity-studded event, he expressed his thanks for the award, tweeting “Last night I won a @Glaad award! I am honored and thankful and would like to dedicate it to #DanielZamudio and his family #Chile.”
Lady Gaga and Oprah were also recognized for their efforts to raise LGBT awareness at the award ceremony hosted by Glee co-stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera.
“This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community,” Mike Thompson, GLAAD’s Acting President, said in a statement. “Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of LGBT people. Viewers know that LGBT characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America.”
It’s not the first time that the “Living the Vida Loca” singer has been recognized by GLAAD. Last year Martin was the recipient of the Vito Russo Award for his contributions towards eliminating homophobia and promoting equality.