HONOR, DOCUMENT, ENSURE INCLUSION OF LGBT CONTRIBUTIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS.......
The OUTMUSIC Awards (OMAs) is the biggest night in LGBT music & entertainement presented by LARA the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts. Our mission is to educate, raise awareness and ensure that the contributions and achievements of marginalized LGBT are acknowledged, documented, celebrated and included in media, music and entertainment history. To support our missions, we film the OUTMUSIC Awards live to tape.
The OMA trophy is the highest accolade given to a recording artist to recognize their achievements. The production of the OUTmusic Awards features performances by some of the best out and proud LGBT recording artists in the music industry. It is the equivalent to the Grammy Awards, the Country Music Awards, the Latin Grammy Awards, and the Black Entertainment Awards (BET Awards).
The organization OUTmusic Inc. was founded in 1990 by life partners Daniel Martin and Michael Biello, as a community based project to create a safe space for openly LGBT musicians, vocalist and composers to express their gender indentities in all beautiful ways.
The first OUTmusic Awards (OMAs) began in 2001 following the fold of the Gay & Lesbian Music Awards (GLAMAS) which began in 1996 - 1999.
Visionary Award - recognizes an individual for their innovative artistic expression, exemplary efforts, advancements and contributions to ensure inclusion and equality for LGBT people.
Lifetime Achievement Award - a special recogniztion of an artists' contributions and achievements over the span of their career.
Vanguard Award - presented to an artist who leads in the equality movement, using their artistic expression and platform to promote the message of inclusion and freedom of expression.
Living Legend Award - recognizes an individual's contributions spanning the whole of their career of over 25 years, as well as their continued contributions and influence in the music and entertainment industry.
Spirit Award - recognizes an individual who made an impactful breakthrough to make social change in the face of adversity to create more inclusion of representation and acknowledgement of LGBTQ people.
Heritage Award - honors an artist or individual who has advocated and dedicated their career to promote and encorage the inclusion of our rich LGBTQ history.
Pillar Award - recognizes an individual who is friend and allie, that stands for Equality and just treatment of LGBT people thourgh their art and life work.
OUTMUSIC Icon Award - recognizes an artist/individual whose creative achievements and contributions influenced a generation and beyond.
GENERAL AWARD CATEGORIES:
Album of the Year
Single of the Year
Best Video of the Year
Best Producer of the Year
Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year
Best CD Cover Art
Best Alternative Song
Best Classical Recording /Live Video Performance
Best Chorus/Choral Recording/Live Video Performance
Best Dance/EDM Song
Best Folk/Country Song
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song
Best International Song
Best Jazz/Cabaret Song
Best New Age/Instrumental Song
Best Pop Song
Best Punk Song
Best R&B/Soul Song
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song
Best Rock Song
Best Spoken Word Recording or Live Performance
Best Song On A Soundtrack