The GLAAD Awards nominees are here and the Jews have a strong presence in the television and music categories. Here are four things you need to know about the 27th edition of the awards, which recognizes LGBT representations in the media.
In the Outstanding Music Artist category, the multitalented Australian Troye Sivan is nominated. Sivan, 20, is a musician, actor and YouTube star. He is openly gay and came out on YouTube in 2013 exactly three years after he came out to his family. Sivan played the young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He released his debut studio album “Blue Neighborhood” in December 2015 receiving rave reviews from music critics. Sivan was raised Jewish. On his Tumblr he replied to a question about his religion and said, “I’m born of a Jewish (converted, but Jewish) mother, so i’m as jewish as it gets. As for how RELIGIOUS i am, my family isnt very religious, but we are quite traditional, doing all the big chags (jewish holidays) and Friday night Shabbos dinners.”
Another member of the Tribe member in the Outstanding Music Artist category is Adam Lambert of American Idol fame. Lambert was the runner-up in the eighth season of the TV competition, but that didn’t hurt his career. He’s recorded three albums since then and toured with Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen. This is not Lambert’s first time on the GLAAD block, he won in the same category in 2010 and won the prestigious Davison/Valenti Award in 2013 for making a significant difference in the LGBT community. Lambert’s mother is Jewish and he was raised as a Jew in San Diego, California.
Continuing its awards sweep, last year’s Outstanding Comedy Series winner “Transparent” is nominated again. The Golden Globe and Emmy winning drama depicts the story of a family discovering their father is transgender. Tambor plays Maura, formerly Mort, a divorced, Jewish, father of three. Tambor is the first actor to win an Emmy for playing a transgender character and in his acceptance speech he thanked the transgender community.
The hilarious police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, starring your dream Jewish boyfriend Andy Samberg, is nominated in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. The show’s character Captain Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher, is the openly gay no-nonsense boss to Samberg’s character Jake Peralta. The show was nominated in the same category in 2014 but lost to Orange is the New Black. Samberg was raised Jewish and stars in and produces the show.
“Glee” star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday morning. He was only 31. Hollywood took to Twitter to process its grief, and stars expressed their condolences to Monteith’s girlfriend, Jewish actress and co-star Lea Michele.
I can’t fully process this news. Tragic, tragic loss of a young, promising, talented man. Cory Monteith, rest in peace ampmdash; Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) July 14, 2013
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the heartbreaking news about Cory Monteith. My heart goes out to his family and Lea Michelle. ampmdash; The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) July 14, 2013
My deepest sympathies go out to friends and family of Cory Monteith. Such tragic news. ampmdash; Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) July 14, 2013
Struggling to cope with the reality of such an unwarranted loss. It's so hard to make sense of this. My thoughts are… http://t.co/CkAKaGi0Fw ampmdash; Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) July 14, 2013
This is extremely sad. I am without words. My heart goes out to Lea. #RipCoryMonteith ampmdash; Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 14, 2013
Gwyneth Paltrow, who guest-starred on “Glee” as substitute teacher Holly Holliday, was equally devastated. “Cory was a sweet and talented man,” she said in a statement. “My heart breaks for Lea and the entire Glee family.”
The producers of the hit show, whose future is now uncertain, expressed the following thoughts: We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Lea Michele has been incommunicado since the news broke, but her reps released a statement asking that “everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”
When it comes to sex appeal, it looks like Jewish pop stars have it. How else can The Shmooze account for the fact that three out of the 10 men on Billboard’s “sexiest men in pop” list are members of the tribe?
Billboard polled 600,000 readers, who let it be known that the sexiest male musician out there is — get ready for it — Adam Lambert. The guy is on fire these days, what with being the sexiest singer du jour, plus having recently made it to the number one spot on the Billboard chart when his new album “Tresspassing” sold 77,000 copies in its first week (beating out Adele, no less).
Glamberts rejoicing because their idol has made it to the number one spot on the Billboard chart. In what After Elton is calling a historic achievement, Adam Lambert is the first openly gay artist to have made it to the top.
Lambert came close when his first album, “For Your Entertainment,” made it to the third spot. But there’s nothing quite like having the number one album in the country, which is what the former American idol runner-up has right now. Having sold 77,000 copies in its first week, “Trespassing” has surpassed albums by Adele and Carrie Underwood.
Remember Adam Lambert? You know, the eyeliner-wearing singer who didn’t win American Idol?
For many of us, Lambert’s 15 minutes of fame have passed, but not for the “Glamberts,” his die-hard fans. According to Gawker, some of them have been willing to shell out as much as $20 for the current issue of The Advocate. The gay magazine has Lambert on its November 2011 cover.
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