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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

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Listen To GRAMMY.com's LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2022 Playlist Featuring Elton John, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, Ricky Martin, Rina Sawayama & More

For LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2022, GRAMMY.com presents a genre-spanning playlist of emerging and established artists you should know, including RuPaul, Janelle Monáe, Kim Petras & many more.

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Now more than ever in the music industry, artists are out, proud and loud about being open members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Across all genres and music of different languages around the world, musicians are joyfully embracing their queer identities while creating much-needed visibility for their queer-identifying fans. As calls for LGBTQIA+ fairness and equality continue, artists throughout the world are amplifying the voices of the global LGBTQIA+ community.

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2022, GRAMMY.com has put together a playlist celebrating 50 artists across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum from throughout the decades and across all genres.

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Among the queer icons who paved the way for representation in pop music and culture are Elton John, Queen's Freddie Mercury, and George Michael of Wham! In the '90s, drag queen superstar RuPaul took the world by storm and would soon lead a drag revolution of her own. Into the 2010s, Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin kicked down the proverbial closet door and led the way for more Latin and queer Latin acts to follow in his footsteps. Lady Gaga took queer culture into the stratosphere with her global Pride anthem, "Born This Way." Frank Ocean created waves through R&B and pop as a Black queer innovator with the release of his breakthrough single, "Thinkin Bout You."

The last decade has welcomed more openly LGBTQIA+ artists than ever. South Korean singer Holland has led the way for queer voices in K-pop, Kim Petras has become a pop beacon for trans representation, and Lil Nas X remains one of the biggest rappers and singers in the world today. Also, legendary musicians like Lesley Gore and Chavela Vargas opened up about their queer identities later in their lives.

As LGBTQIA+ representation continues to grow across the music industry, may more artists and music fans keep living their truths and expressing themselves openly and safely.

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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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Behind The Board: Producer/DJ Spencer Brown Explains How Embracing His Sexuality Changed His Creative Process
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Behind The Board: Producer/DJ Spencer Brown Explains How Embracing His Sexuality Changed His Creative Process

As an openly gay artist, Spencer Brown strives to make his fans feel accepted by keeping one goal in mind: "to bring as much love and peace and good energy as I possibly can."

GRAMMYs/Jun 30, 2022 - 11:03 pm

Spencer Brown certainly wears an array of hats as a DJ and producer. But if you ask him, he'll tell you he plays just one role in this life — however broad.

"The easiest way to describe what I do is just: artist,'" he says. "I produce music; I DJ my own music; I DJ, digging through other people's music that people maybe don't know. But artist, I think, is the easiest way to do it."

As he describes in the below video, his mission as an artist is simple: bringing joy. "My ultimate mission with my music is to bring as much love and peace and good energy to people as I possibly can."

Brown — who came out as gay in 2020 — has used dance music as an outlet of many sorts since he was young. In a special episode of Behind The Board for Pride Month, Brown details how his creative process changed once he embraced his sexuality. "When I was a kid, and I wasn’t out of the closet, I was very uncomfortable, growing up, with myself. Once I really started to learn and understand myself, I could really be in tune with my creative side even more. And I feel like my music significantly improved."

He also offers a helping hand to those who might be struggling to find acceptance within themselves or their community. "I never had an LGBTQ idol growing up," he adds. "If someone is struggling and they really like my music, I want to connect with them on that."

Brown also describes the flow state conducive to creativity, how he shows up to DJ gigs with a "blank slate," and why he avoids "by-the-books" sounds. Check out the insightful video above and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Behind The Board.

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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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