Britney Spears Receives the GLAAD Vanguard Award

Ricky Martin Britney Spears

LAST NIGHT SAW the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards take place in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old was on hand at the ceremony to receive this year's Vanguard Award, which goes to someone who has promoted acceptance of and equal rights for the LGBTQ community. The Sleepover singer, who along with Ricky were staples on MTV in the late '90s and early 2000s, followed her friend with a speech about the endless love she has received in her career.

"She could be one of those stars with a huge LGBTQ following who does nothing and says nothing", Martin said of Spears. "Instead, she uses her platform to remind audiences around the globe that intolerance is unacceptable". "I wrote this speech, and I feel like our society has always put such an emphasis on what's normal, and to be different is unusual or seen as odd", Britney said during her speech.

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"Being a mother has shown what it means to love unconditional".

Waithe echoed that sentiment on Thursday night, saying, "I saw her Oscar speech and knew I could do anything, so I'm always grateful to you". Thank you so much, GLAAD, and thank you to the LGBTQ community. "Everybody lost their minds", host Wanda Sykes joked. "Halle Berry is here...thanks for making everyone look ugly", she said.

She also posed with man of the hour Adam Rippon and Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy.

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"Events like this, the one we are attending here tonight, show the world that we are not alone".

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