JAY-Z To Be Honored At GLAAD Media Awards For 'Smile'

By Isha Thorpe

January 19, 2018

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards will be honoring JAY-Z for his "Smile" song off of his 4:44 album, Variety is reporting. 

On this track, the Brooklyn rapper turned mogul revealed to the world that his mother, Gloria Carter, was a lesbian. JAY discovered this after a deep conversation with her, where she revealed that she was bottling this fact up inside of her for years. "Me and my son, we share a lot of information. So, I was sitting there and I was telling him one day. I just finally started telling him who I was," Gloria admitted in a previous interview with D’USSE Friday

"Besides your mother, this is the person that I am, you know? This is the life that I lived. So, my son started actually, like, tearing because he was like, ‘That had to be a horrible life, ma.’ I was like, ‘My life was never horrible. It was just different.’ So that made him want to do a song about it." 

On "Smile," Hov raps: "Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take / Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her." 

His mother also adds: "Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that’s what you want them to see... But life is short, and it’s time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed."

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards is taking place in Beverly Hills, California on April 12 and in New York on May 5. See you there!

**WARNING: Explicit language**

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