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Drew Barrymore to host GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Acclaimed actress Drew Barrymore will host the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The glittering ceremony complete with the red carpet treatment will take place at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kelly Rowland will perform.

Former President Bill Clinton will receive the Advocate for Change Award, and entertainment attorney Steve Warren will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

Other presenters and attendees will include Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Tobey Maguire, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Elle Fanning, Betty White, Chris Evans, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson.

Additional special guests include Naya Rivera, Alex Newell (“Glee”); Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Ellen Barkin, NeNe Leakes, Georgia King, Jayson Blair (“The New Normal”); Cloris Leachman, Lucas Neff, Shannon Woodward (“Raising Hope”); Sara Ramirez (“Grey's Anatomy”); Dan Bucatinsky, Guillermo Díaz (“Scandal”); Brad Goreski (“It's A Brad, Brad World”); Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”); Trevor Donovan (“90210”); Thomas Roberts (MSNBC); author and advocate Chaz Bono; Maria Menounos (“Extra”); Jane Espenson, Brad Bell (“Husbands”); LGBT advocates Zach Wahls and Jennifer Tyrrell; GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz.

Barrymore received the Vanguard Award at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in 2010. Barrymore co-starred in “Boys On The Side,” written by out gay filmmaker Don Roos, which won the award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release at the 7th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

In 2009, Barrymore produced “He’s Just Not That Into You” in which she played a straight reporter at a LGBT newspaper who desperately seeks dating advice from her gay best friends. She also undertook the role of Rosie Goode, the lesbian daughter of a widower played by Robert De Niro in “Everybody’s Fine,” nominated for Outstanding Film – Wide Release at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Nominees, sponsors and more

Nominees were announced in January and are available HERE. The New York GLAAD Media Awards were held on March 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis. The final GLAAD Media Awards event will take place in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco - Union Square where San Diego native Adam Lambert will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. They also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco bring together more than 5,000 advocates and allies to raise critical funds for the organization's work.

The 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards are executive produced by Marc Honaker, director of creative development at GLAAD, and by Josh Wood, founder and president of Josh Wood Productions. Emmy Award-winning production designer James Connelly will design this year's set. Producer and editor Brett Henrichsen will also contribute to awards.

To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting partners Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, New York and Los Angeles Presenting partner Delta Air Lines, and San Francisco Presenting partner Southwest Airlines. Platinum Underwriter corporate partners Anheuser-Busch, NBCUniversal/Comcast, Prudential and Sheppard Mullin, as well as Underwriter corporate partners: Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Caesars Foundation, Disney-ABC Television Group/ESPN, Kirkland & Ellis, New York Marriott Marquis & Renaissance Hotel, PwC and VPI Pet Insurance. Gold Patron partners include 1800Flowers, CBS/Showtime, Citi and Viacom.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News is among the media sponsors of the L.A. ceremony.