Jay Z’s “Smile” Will Be Honored at This Year’s GLAAD Media Awards

Written by on 19/01/2018

Jay Z‘s “Smile” will receive a Special Recognition honor at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.

The 4:44 track, which features an outro from Jay’s mother, Gloria Carter​, will receive the award alongside Esteban Bravo and Beth David’s animated short film In a Heartbeat. The track is notable for its revelatory lyrics, including:

 

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

 

In addition to Jay’s award, GLAAD announced Friday its full list of 2018 nominees. Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, One Mississippi, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and St. Vincent are among this year’s potential honorees for “fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.”

During a chat on the D’usse Friday podcast in September, Gloria Carter spoke at length about Jay’s “Smile” writing process. “I just finally started telling him who I was,” she said. “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.”

Gloria Carter’s also in the video:

For more info on the GLAAD Media Awards, click here.

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