- September 18, 2019
Today, HRC announced that the organization will honor singer and actor Ricky Martin with the HRC National Visibility Award at HRC’s 23rd Annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2019.
“With his unique voice and passionate activism, Ricky Martin has used his international stage to advocate for LGBTQ people around the world,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Ricky is an artist, an advocate and a philanthropist, and we look forward to celebrating all of this important work by honoring him with the National Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner.”
Global Music Icon Ricky Martin continues to soar in his third decade as a leader in the Entertainment Industry. Since his first solo album release in 1991, Martin has appreciated a world wide fan base, sold over 70 million records, and has won multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards. Martin’s passion for music, his instinctive rhythmic style, and a zest for performing, are all rooted in his success. He is a multi-talented phenomenon as an actor, a New York Times Best Seller, and a passionate philanthropist and humanitarian. Martin came out as gay in 2010. Recently, he was publicly involved in the protests against the former governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, who used homophobic and other bigoted language in private conversations.
Martin’s tenth studio album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, was released on February 2015 debuting at No. 1 on U.S. and Puerto Rico album charts. It also won Best Latin Pop Album at the 2016 Grammy® Awards. Martin recently completed his second residency, “ALL IN,” at the Park Theatre at Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. His early acting roots and love for performing have also led him to the stage and screen. His Broadway debut as Marius in Les Miserables later landed him the role of Ché in the first revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seven-time Tony Award-winning musical EVITA in 2012. His television credits include a guest star role on Ryan Murphy’s hit high school musical series, GLEE, and most recently, Martin has joined forces with Ryan Murphy once again. He most recently starred as Antonio D’Amico, Gianni Versace’s long-time partner, in the multi Emmy nominated FX Drama Series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with Martin nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.
The 23rd annual HRC National Dinner will take place at the Washington Convention Center and is expected to draw more than 3,500 guests from across the country and around the world. It will be selling out this week; for tickets and more information, go to www.hrcnationaldinner.org.