JAY-Z released a song that remains very close to his heart with "Smile" and he is receiving some major accolades for the release. The song was about his mother and her journey as she came out to the world as a lesbian for the first time. Thanks to the themes and message of the song, JAY-Z is receiving a Special Recognition award at this year's GLAAD Media Awards.
It is very interesting to also realize that this award almost didn't happen because the song itself almost wasn't released. According to JAY-Z, his mother was not sure if she wanted her secret brought out to the public in such a manner, after years of hiding who she was. However, since JAY-Z released "Smile," his mother has reportedly embraced who she is.
The song contains the line "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian." JAY-Z then continues by singing that she "had to pretend so long that she's a thespian." JAY-Z has long been a proponent of gay rights, even before he revealed his mother's secret. Pitchfork reported that JAY-Z compared not allowing gay marriage to discriminate based on race. This did come as a change since Jay-Z has used gay slurs in many of his songs.