GLAAD Awards: Glee solid reunites to pay tribute to Naya Rivera as Schitt’s Creek and Sam Smith take high prizes

The solid of Glee have reunited to pay tribute to their former co-star Naya Rivera, who died final 12 months.

The special event occurred in the course of the GLAAD Media Awards, which helps LGBTQ+ visibility in TV, movie and music.

Singer Demi Lovato, who performed Rivera‘s on-screen girlfriend within the later sequence of the present, launched the solid, which featured the likes of Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz.

The reunion occurred on the tenth anniversary of Rivera’s character within the present, Santana, popping out as homosexual.

Rivera died final 12 months after she drowned while on a boating journey along with her son in California.

The solid of the musical-comedy mirrored on the affect Rivera’s openly-gay character had on the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, in addition to recalling their favorite reminiscences with the star, together with her still-talked about rendition of Nutbush Metropolis Limits.

A message from Rivera’s mom Yolanda Previtire, shared by the solid, mentioned she was “honoured” by the tribute from Rivera’s former colleagues.

In a press release, Previtire mentioned: “When Naya was advised that Santana could be a lesbian she referred to as me to let me know and I requested her how did she really feel about that and he or she mentioned ‘I really feel nice about it!’

“Her want was to all the time be an advocate to those that didn’t have a voice. I do not imagine that she realised how vital she was to this world.

Naya Rivera (second from the suitable) performed Santana in Glee. Pic: Startraks/Shutterstock

“I’m grateful that my eldest daughter helped to alter the panorama of how we view and see one another.

“Thanks GLAAD for retaining my daughter’s legacy alive.”

Elsewhere on the occasion, which was hosted by comic and actress Niecy Nash, Schitt’s Creek continued its award season dominance by selecting up the gong for excellent comedy sequence.

Daniel Levy, who created the present together with his father Eugene mentioned the award was an “unbelievable recognition”.

The Boys In The Band, which was produced by Glee creator Ryan Murphy, took the prize for excellent movie, whereas Star Trek: Discovery received the excellent drama sequence gong.

Sam Smith walked residence with the most effective artist award for his or her document Love Goes, whereas greatest documentary went to Netflix’s Disclosure and Happiest Season was named greatest movie.

Katy Perry was among the many A-listers presenting awards on the present, which additionally featured an look from Sarah, Duchess of York.

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