Frank OceanPost submitted by Eric Cameron, former HRC Digital Media Specialist

With nominations in almost every category, LGBT artists and outspoken allies took center stage during Sunday night’s Grammy awards.

Out singer-songwriter Frank Ocean won the first-ever Grammy award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Ocean also scored a win for his collaboration on the Jay-Z & Kanye West track “No Church in the Wild” and sang about the boy that’s been “running on [his] mind” during a live performance of his song “Forrest Gump.”

Equality advocates fun. took home top prizes for Best New Artist and Song of the Year (“We Are Young”). Guitarist Jack Antonoff joined HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign in May.

And in a category that included nominees Rachel Maddow, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama, lesbian folk singer Janis Ian won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her autobiography Society’s Child.

Congratulations to all of last night’s winners and nominees, and a special thanks to the growing number of artists who have raised their voices in support of LGBT equality.

Filed under: Allies, Coming Out, Media

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