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TRANScendent Sounds Festival Returns In June 2021: Nomi Ruiz, KC Ortiz, Brody Ray & More Confirmed
TRANScendent Sounds Festival 2021

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TRANScendent Sounds Festival Returns In June 2021: Nomi Ruiz, KC Ortiz, Brody Ray & More Confirmed

An online music festival putting the spotlight on a diverse roster of transgender music artists, TRANScendent Sounds Festival returns this month, Saturday, June 26, with a thrilling array of performances and special appearances

GRAMMYs/Jun 22, 2021 - 03:10 am

Updated Saturday, June 26, to add all performance and festival videos.

TRANScendent Sounds Festival is returning to once again celebrate transgender artists and their contributions to music and culture. Airing Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT on GRAMMY.com as well as on the Recording Academy's YouTube and Facebook pages, TRANScendent Sounds Festival 2021 will feature a thrilling array of performances and special appearances, including performances by Brody Ray, Shea Diamond, Mal Blum, KC Ortiz, and Nomi Ruiz. Hosted by "POSE" star Angelica Ross, the virtual event will also feature appearances by Billy Porter, Jazz Jennings and Raquel Willis.

Presented and produced by GRAMMY.com, TRANScendent Sounds Festival is meant to serve as a celebration while also bringing awareness to the ever-present social hurdles of the global transgender community and the disproportionate levels of violence that specifically harm Black trans women and transgender women of color. Premiered in July 2020, the inaugural festival featured performances by Abigail Pereira, Ryan Cassata, KC Ortiz, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, Brody Ray, Peppermint, and DJ Lina Bradford, along with special appearances from MJ Rodriguez (FX’s "Pose"), Bob the Drag Queen, Monét X Change, Gizzle, and many others.

Don’t forget to tune in for education on an important cause and to celebrate the artistry of transgender people worldwide!

Brody Ray Performs "Friend Zone"

Shea Diamond Performs "I Am America"

Mal Blum Performs "Things Still Left To Say"

KC Ortiz Performs "Die Young"

Nomi Ruiz Performs "Cocaino" With Rosa Perreo

Watch TRANScendent Sounds Fest 2020 In Full: MJ Rodriguez, Bob The Drag Queen, Monét X Change & More

TLC, Chicago, Kelly Rowland & More Announced As Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performers

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TLC, Chicago, Kelly Rowland & More Announced As Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performers

The 93rd annual Thanksgiving celebration will make its way through Manhattan, with musicians, astronauts, Broadway stars—plus a gigantic Snoopy and Spongebob—helping spread the holiday cheer

GRAMMYs/Nov 1, 2019 - 11:47 pm

Today, Nov. 1, Macy's announced details for their forthcoming 93rd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The performers slated to bring festive cheer to the colorful parade floats include GRAMMY winners TLC, Kelly Rowland, Chicago, Ciara and Black Eyed Peas.

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Current Latin GRAMMY nominee Ozuna will also be joining in on the fun, bringing his joyful reggaetón to the Sour Patch Kids float. You can find GRAMMY- and Emmy-winning "Pose" star Billy Porter looking fierce atop Coach's "Rexy in the City"—a fancy T-Rex and the first-ever luxury brand-sponsored float in the historic parade. Rexy will join the ranks of the huge Snoopy and Spongebob, as well as a new smiling sun float from world-renown artist Yayoi Kusama, featuring her ever-present polka dots.

Broadway—including "Wicked" and "Rent"—star Idina Menzel is also set to appear—you likely know her as the voice of Elsa in Frozen and the Disney film's ubiquitous "Let It Go." Singer and former "Glee" lead Lea Michelle, rising Nashville-based, Canada-born country artist Tenille Townes, and 12-year-old Houston-born, Atlanta-based rapper That Girl Lay Lay will also perform.

Other special guests include "Unwritten" singer Natasha Bedingfield, K-pop group NCT 127, the cast and Muppets of "Sesame Street" and former NASA astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi.

The event takes place the morning of Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 28. It will air on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon during all time zones. More info can be found on Macy's site.

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Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope Join GLAAD's Concert For Love And Acceptance

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Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope Join GLAAD's Concert For Love And Acceptance

The third annual concert in Nashville, Tenn., will also feature Ty Herndon, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, and Brandon Stansell

GRAMMYs/Mar 28, 2018 - 11:15 pm

Advocacy organization GLAAD is all about spreading the message of acceptance for the LGBTQ community. This year they'll take that message directly to Nashville, Tenn., with the third annual edition of their Concert for Love and Acceptance.

Hosted by Ty Herndon and CMT's Cody Alan, the show will feature performances by Herndon, Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, and Brandon Stansell. Additional performances and appearances will be announced. CMT will serve as the event's official sponsor.

"I'm thrilled to partner with GLAAD once again for this show that has broken so much new ground and started so many important conversations over the past three years," Herndon said, according to Billboard. "Letting our LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors know they are accepted and loved just as they are isn't just making the world a better place — it's literally saving lives — and I'm so proud to be a part of it."

The Concert for Love and Acceptance will be held June 7 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Tickets are available via GLAAD's website.

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Global Pride 2020 Announces Lineup Additions, Will Focus On Black Lives Matter: Todrick Hall, Adam Lambert, Kesha, Leann Rimes And More Confirmed

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Global Pride 2020 Announces Lineup Additions, Will Focus On Black Lives Matter: Todrick Hall, Adam Lambert, Kesha, Leann Rimes And More Confirmed

Taking place June 27, the inaugural 24-hour online LGBTQ+ pride event will also feature speakers like former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker Of The U.S. House Of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others

GRAMMYs/Jun 15, 2020 - 02:00 am

Global Pride, a newly launched worldwide 24-hour online LGBTQ+ pride event, has announced additional speakers, performers and guests for its forthcoming inaugural celebration, which takes place June 27. 

Newly added artists include Adam Lambert, Kesha, Natasha Bedingfield, Leann Rimes, Pussy Riot, Village People, Mel C of Spice Girls, Calum Scott and Mary Lambert. They join previously announced artists like Pabllo Vittar, Ava Max, Olivia Newton-John, Deborah Cox and several others. 

The event will also include newly announced speakers like former U.S. Vice President and current Presidential Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Speaker Of The U.S. House Of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pussycat Dolls, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and others from the worlds of music, entertainment, advocacy and politics.

Singer, songwriter, actor and director Todrick Hall will host. 

According to a press release announcing the news, the event will "amplify black voices" and will center on the Black Lives Matters movement; Global Pride organizers are working in conjunction with the organization's founders for the event.

"As a Black woman in the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel we must confront the systemic racism and violence facing my Black brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings, in the larger culture and within the LGBTQIA+ community. I could not think of a larger platform than Global Pride to do this," Natalie Thompson, co-chair of the Global Pride organizing committee, said in a statement. 

“I am proud to work beside so many diverse colleagues from around the world," she continued. "Our community knows well that we must confront hate and prejudice head-on. We have been watching an epidemic of violence against trans people of color – mostly women – in the past decade and this larger discussion must be inclusive and all encompassing. All Black Lives Matter.”

Billed as the "world’s biggest ever LGBTI+ Pride event," per the event's website, Global Pride is a 24-hour livestreamed event comprising music, performances, speeches and messages of support. The event will be available to watch on host Todrick Hall's YouTube channel, iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel and on the Global Pride website.

Produced by Pride organizations from around the world, including InterPride and the European Pride Organisers Association, two of the world’s biggest international Pride networks, Global Pride 2020 was launched in response to the more than 500 Pride events that were cancelled or postponed worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dua Lipa, Common, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban And More To Present At 2020 GRAMMYs

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Dua Lipa, Common, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban And More To Present At 2020 GRAMMYs

Plus, current GRAMMY nominees Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker will play double duty as both presenters and performers

GRAMMYs/Jan 23, 2020 - 02:06 am

The Recording Academy has announced the lineup of presenters for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Set to hand out the golden gramophones on Music's Biggest Night are current GRAMMY nominees Jim Gaffigan and Trevor Noah, both nominated in the Best Comedy Album category this year, plus previous GRAMMY winners Common, Cynthia Erivo, Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder. The night's presenters will also include past GRAMMY nominees Ava DuVernay and Bebe Rexha, plus music industry moguls Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne

Additionally, previously announced Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker will play double duty as both presenters and performers. 

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The 2020 presenters join an all-star cast of previously announced world-class artists and performers, who will take the stage at this year's GRAMMYs, including Aerosmith, who are also performing live at the 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year event in their honor, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Rosalía, H.E.R., Demi Lovato, Bonnie Raitt, Run-D.M.C., Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Tyler, The Creator and Charlie Wilson. Additionally, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, YG and Kirk Franklin will perform all-star tribute to the late, GRAMMY-nominated Nipsey Hussle.

Read: Aerosmith To Perform Live At The 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year 

The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by Alicia Keys, will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS. Learn more about where and how to watch Music's Biggest Night

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