Beyonce and Jay Z, shown here in December, were honored at the GLAAD Media Awards Thursday night in Los Angeles. (Photo: Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGro, Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGro)

Her uncle helped raise both her and sister Solange Knowles, she said. “He lived his truth. He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting. And witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I have ever lived,” said Beyonce, choking up as Jay Z put his hand on her back. “I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other people to live more freely.”

“Parents, let’s love our kids in their truest form.” – @beyonce tonight at the #GLAADawardspic.twitter.com/DH4fVqZ8t0

— Andrea Mandell (@AndreaMandell) March 29, 2019

“LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right,” added the pop star, before quoting her own song, “Formation.” “Who you make love to and take that (expletive) to Red Lobster is your human right.” The crowd cheered.

Janet Mock and Lena Waithe were among those who toasted the couple at the event, where Sean Hayes was also honored and Gwyneth Paltrow served as a presenter. “When we heard your album ‘4:44’ we all knew it was an instant classic, but the song ‘Smile’ made it revolutionary,” said Waithe, referencing the track Jay Z featured his mother Gloria Carter on, revealing she is a lesbian.

“The line ‘Love who you love because life isn’t guaranteed’ is a line I will never forget,” Waithe continued, calling the tune “a modern day negro spiritual reminder to those in hiding that there’s still time to make their way to freedom.”

Still, it might have been Shangela who stole the whole night.

The famed drag performer delivered an epic Beyonce tribute performance, mimicking the pop star’s choreography move for move.

YALL! @itsSHANGELA just killed it, lip syncing to Beyoncé IN FRONT OF Beyoncé!!! #GLAADawards@glaadpic.twitter.com/aw9LroQ3dE

— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) March 29, 2019

I mean. @itsSHANGELA!!!!! @glaad@Beyoncepic.twitter.com/d8UvZsM3mr

— Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) March 29, 2019

And yes, Bey loved it. 

OMG! This is #Beyonce and #JayZ giving @itsshangela a standing ovation after Shangela did a lip sync (for your life) medley of Beyonce songs. OMG! @glaadpic.twitter.com/9mvva7TzoA

— Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) March 29, 2019

“I’m overwhelmed. I’ve put a run in my stocking from Shangela,” said Beyonce afterward, as the crowd roared. 

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Happy Bey Day! We’re celebrating Beyoncé’s birthday, Sept. 4, with a look back at her life in photos. Queen Bey took the stage as a headliner during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in April. Kevin Winter, Getty Images for CoachellaFullscreenShe performed during both weekends of the Coachella festival, switching up her yellow look for a bright pink one on the second weekend. Richard Lui, The Desert Sun-USA TODAY NETWORKFullscreenBey and husband Jay-Z attended a matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY SportsFullscreenBeyoncé was visibly pregnant when she performed at the Grammy Awards in February 2017. Matt Sayles, Matt Sayles, Invision/APFullscreenShe posed in the press room with her awards at the same show. MIKE NELSON, EPAFullscreen

Queen Bey hit the CMA Awards stage with Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire of Dixie Chicks at the 50th annual show in November 2016. Rick Diamond, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Talk about making a statement: Blue Ivy Carter and Beyoncé turned heads on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in August 2016. Jeff Kravitz, FilmMagicFullscreen

Bey and Jay watched on as Serena Williams played at Wimbledon in July 2016. Pool, Getty ImagesFullscreenBeyonce posed on the red carpet for the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Met Gala in May 2016. Kevin Mazur, WireImageFullscreenBeyoncé graced the Super Bowl stage again in February 2016, joining Bruno Mars and Coldplay. Matt Cowan, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Look back at it! Beyoncé looked stunning in her sheer Givenchy Haute Couture dress at the 2015 Met Gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Evan Agostini/Invision/APFullscreen

Remember when the time she completely owned the 2015 Grammys with her incredible performance, even though she didn’t win album of the year? Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenBritish royalty: Meet America’s royal couple. When Duchess Kate and Prince William came to the U.S. in December 2014, all eyes were on Beyoncé and Jay Z, who ran into the couple at a Brooklyn Nets game. Nathaniel S. Butler, NBAE/Getty ImagesFullscreenBlue Ivy presented her mother with her Video Vanguard award at the VMAs in August 2014. Mark Davis, Getty ImagesFullscreenThis is how Bey launched her On the Run tour with Jay Z earlier that month. Mason Poole, Invision for Parkwood EntertainmentFullscreenFans got a surprise when the super private mom sweetly included Blue Ivy in her music video for “Blue” in June 2014. beyonce.comFullscreen

Bey always makes wave on the Met Gala red carpet, and her sheer black Givenchy look in May 2014 was no exception. Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty ImagesFullscreenAnd shrugged off the hoopla from That Epic Elevator Fight shortly thereafter at a Nets game with Jay Z like, “Y’all know NOTHING.”

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She trekked to
Cuba and looked island chic back in April 2013. Ramon Espinosa, APFullscreenBey showed us what it looked like to own a Super Bowl halftime performance in February 2013. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAYFullscreen

She brought the house down when she reunited Destiny’s Child. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen

Beyoncé braved the freezing cold to sing at Barack Obama’s second inauguration in January 2013. Carolyn Kaster, APFullscreenBey melted hearts when she released this sweet pic in February 2012 of her newborn daughter Blue Ivy with the note, “We welcome you to share in our joy.” Ed Burke, APFullscreenBey stunned the world when she debuted her baby bump on the MTV VMAs red carpet in August 2011. Kevin Mazur, WireImageFullscreenShe dropped the mike and proudly showed off her belly on stage later that nightafterperforming “Love on Top.” Jeff Kravitz, FilmMagicFullscreenShe Oprah Winfrey at her Farewell Spectacular in May 2011.
Charles Rex Arbogast, APFullscreen

Queen Bey looked regal in thisRoberto Cavalli gown at the 2011 Met Gala red carpet. Peter Kramer, APFullscreenBeyonce brought some star power to Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign in May 2011.
Kevin Mazur, WireImageFullscreen

Remember how fierce Beyoncé looked when she joined forces with Lady Gaga for “Telephone”? Hedi Silmane, APFullscreenCalling all “Single Ladies.” Beyoncé told everyone to put a ring on it when she released her classic hit in September 2008. Peter Lindberg, APFullscreenBeyoncé went for a metallic look at the Golden Globes in January 2007. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAYFullscreen

She looked elegant attending the Oscars for “Dreamgirls” in February 2005. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAYFullscreen

Let’s not forget about her Grammys performance with Prince in February 2004. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAYFullscreenYoung Bey won five Grammys in one night that year.
Dan MacMedan, USA TODAYFullscreen

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