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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. 




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

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