The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) has announced that the biggest night in LGBT entertainment will take place on December 1, 2010 (World AIDS Day). The annual OUTmusic Awards will celebrate 20 years of music history in the heart of Times Square at Town Hall NYC (123 West 43rd Street). The OUTmusic Awards celebrates honors and documents the contributions of openly LGBT recording artists and performers in the music industry. Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern will host the OMAs along with co-host comedian Tammy Peay and a special appearance by Dr. Carol Channing.
This year’s honorees include Melissa Etheridge – Lifetime Achievement Award, Sheryl Lee Ralph – Pillar Award, Wayne Besen – Visionary Award, Chely Wright – Vanguard Award, international disco icon SYLVESTER – OUTmusic Icon Award, Cyndi Lauper – Person of the Year Award, Randy Jones of the Village People Cowboy – Heritage Award and 2005 Kennedy Center ‘Women In Music’ Honoree Paula ‘Sticks’ Hampton – The OUTMusic Living Legend Award.
The Academy encourages and supports openly LGBT artists and our friends and allies to work together for LGBT equal rights and to help erase the stigma that perpetuates homophobia throughout the world. LARA currently boasts a membership base of over 1,000 recording artists and performers worldwide and is continuously growing.
The Seattle Lesbian team wishes to congratulate Melissa, Sheryl, Chely, SYLVESTER, Cyndi, Randy, and Paula!