Smith went on, stating how honored they were to be nominated with so many of their peers, especially when their music is what’s helped them stay sane during a yearlong quarantine. “Music has remained this constant force of unity throughout the world for people. And looking at this category tonight, of all of these albums, these are the albums that got me and got all of us through this year,” they said, before lifting a mug into the air. “So I just wanted to raise a cup of tea — having a tea party — for everyone in this category. I really hope that we can all be together and I can go to a GLAAD Awards someday and meet everyone.”
The “Diamonds” singer was up for the award against a number of other LGBTQ artists, including Adam Lambert, Brandy Clark, Halsey, Kehlani, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Pabllo Vittar, Peppermint and Ricky Martin.
Smith and Perry weren’t the only artists attending the annual ceremony: Chika, who won her first GLAAD award hours before the ceremony’s streaming, appeared for a special performance, along with fellow performers Rebecca Black and Jessica Betts. The cast of Glee also appeared during the ceremony for a special segment remembering Naya Rivera and her character, Santana Lopez.