Singer Adam Lambert was the toast of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in San Francisco, California on Saturday (11May13) after scooping two honours. Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown handed Lambert this year's (13) top prize, the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media professional who promotes equality for the LGBT community.
The ex-American Idol contestant opened up about his experience of being a gay public figure during his acceptance speech, telling the crowd, "One person thinks you should be more this, one person thinks you should be more that; the label thinks this, the fans think that; your family wishes this; this community wants you to shut up, that community wants it louder; the conservatives, the liberals...
"The best we can do is keep it real, and to spread a message of acceptance... If we can inspire even one person to open their mind or another to be who they want to be, whether they are gay, straight, old, young, man, woman, black, or white, then it's worth being objectified by the sometimes frustrating world of media sensationalism."
Lambert also shared the Outstanding Music Artist prize with Frank Ocean, while other winners at the ceremony included Alan Cumming's indie drama Any Day Now, which picked up the prize for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
Honey Boo Boo Spooks Up Some Ratings: Halloween may have come and gone months ago, but Honey Boo Boo still managed to celebrate in style — the ratings tour de force scared up a whopping 3.1 million viewers (the show's most-watched episode) for its Halloween special, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Very Boo Halloween. Now that, my friends, is scary.
NBC Gets New Blood: Miss the dearly departed multiple reality drama Awake? You're in luck! Err, sort of. Awake and Lie To Me scribe David Graziano is teaming up with Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) for an NBC pilot called Bloodline, a "contemporary pulp action thriller in the vein of Kill Bill." It will star a young woman who is caught between two warring families, and has to kill her mother. Light fare, for sure. [Deadline]
A Brat-Packer Gets Awkward: Nothing was more awkward than the '80s (except for maybe the '90s) so it makes total sense that The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles star Anthony Michael Hall is set to recur on MTV's hit teen drama, Awkward. He'll play a sadistic creative writing teacher who likes to steal upperclassmen's panties likes to push students out of their comfort zones. [EW]
OWN-ing Up To It?: Looks like Lance Armstrong will finally tell his side of the story. The disgraced former seven-time Tour de France winner will be the subject on OWN's Oprah’s Next Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 17 in a 90-minute special. This will be his first appearance since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged the cyclist with using illegal performance enhancing drugs during his career, and there's no telling what he'll say about the controversy, being stripped of all his titles, losing his corporate sponsors, resigning from his charity LiveStrong, or being banned from pro-cycling for life. [Deadline]
Making Her Soapy Comeback: Emmy-winning Genie Francis is returning to the ABC soap that launched her career: General Hospital. She will reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the daytime drama's 50th anniversary this year. “I don’t know what the story is,” Francis says. “I have no idea, but [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him!” [EW]
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Super-producer Timbaland is to make his soap debut on TV hit One Life to Live.
The hip-hop star, 36, is the latest celebrity to be approached to make an appearance on the show, following in the footsteps of singers Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Simply Red.
In addition to a small acting role, Timbaland will perform his single "The Way I Are" on the forthcoming episode with Keri Hilson.
Executive producer Frank Valentini tells Allhiphop.com, "Timbaland has made a vast contribution to the music industry as an artist and producer. I am a huge fan of his music and we look forward to him appearing on our show."
And Timbaland--real name Timothy Mosley--is delighted with the role.
He says in a statement, "This is a new experience for me. I am looking forward to having a great time and sharing my music!"
Mosley will film the One Life to Live episode on Friday and it will air next month.
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