Clay Aiken, Tyra Banks Get GLAAD at Media Awards
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation honored some of show biz’s best and brightest on Saturday night, as the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Marriott Marquis in New York. The awards honor media companies and individuals for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
America’s Next Top Model/Tyra Banks Show host Tyra Banks was bestowed with the Excellence in Media Award, which was presented to her by American Idol vet Clay Aiken.
Grey’s Anatomy star T.R. Knight was also on hand, to present financial guru Suze Orman with the Vito Russo Award, while talk-show legend Phil Dohanue was granted the Special Recognition Award.
Also in attendance: Sex and the City actor Chris Noth and several cast members of the hit sitcom Ugly Betty, including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie and Ana Ortiz, who proudly flaunted her baby bump on the red carpet. (Ortiz is expecting a daughter with husband Noah Lebenzon in July.)
Ugly Betty is up for Outstanding Comedy Series in another awards ceremony that GLAAD has planned for April 18 in Los Angeles. Other nominees for that ceremony include the biopic Milk, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters and Greek.