Beyoncé Gives Drag Queen 'Shangela' A Standing Ovation After Tribute Performance
The popular reality star's medley of Queen Bey numbers was a standout at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Prior to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's heartfelt acceptance speech for GLAAD's prestigious Vanguard Award, they were treated to a tribute performance from RuPaul's Drag Race favourite, Shangela.
Shangela -- born Darius Jeremy Pierce -- expertly lip-synced and danced her way through a Beyoncé medley, prompting Queen Bey herself to stand in astonishment.
"I already cried, I put a run in my stocking from Shangela," Beyoncé joked when she got up on stage to accept her award.
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During the power couple's award speech, Beyoncé became emotional as she dedicated the honor to her late uncle, Johnny.
The superstar said her uncle was "the most fabulous gay man I have ever met," and "he lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn't as accepting."
"Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I've ever lived," she said. "I'm hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely."
The GLAAD Vanguard Award "is presented to celebs and notables who have made a big difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people," according to GLAAD's website.
Beyoncé said LGBTQ rights are human rights, sneaking in a lyric from her song "Formation."
"To choose who you love is your human right. How you identify and see yourself is your human right. Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right," she said as the crowd erupted in applause.
During her speech, Beyoncé thanked her husband. "I'm so proud of you for making incredible strides towards changing stigmas in the hip-hop community," she said.
Jay-Z has opened up about his mother's struggle to come out as a lesbian, due to society's pressures. The rapper said his mom, Gloria Carter, first came out to him while he was working on his album 4:44, which was released last year. Jay-Z then wrote the song "Smile" about his mom's coming out journey.
During the acceptance speech, Jay-Z -- whose real name is Shawn Carter -- said his mother was honored at the GLAAD awards last year.
"I get to follow in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance in her beautiful speech at the end of the song 'Smile,'" he said.