"Viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them," says the group's leader
Credit: David Livingston/Getty; McCarten/PictureGroup

Last July when emerging R&B star Frank Ocean published an emotional letter detailing an early love affair with a man, his “coming out” story made headlines in the hip-hop world and beyond.

Now, the Grammy-nominated songwriter is being honored by GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization.

Ocean is among the 120 nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, the organization announced early Wednesday morning. He is being recognized for his critically-lauded Channel Orange album.

Other musician nominees include Adam Lambert (for his album Tresspassing).

Among the other familiar nominee names in the mix of 25 English-language and 33-Spanish language categories are: TV’s Modern Family, Smash, Glee, The New Normal, Anderson Cooper 360, The Amazing Race and The Daily Show. For motion pictures, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and ParaNorman – plus the documentaries How to Survive a Plague and Vito – are nominated.

Also being recognized: PEOPLE (for outstanding magazine coverage overall) and PEOPLE En Español – for two magazine articles: “Amor genuine,” by Cristina Saralegui, and "La lucha de Bamby," by Isis Sauceda.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

“Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels,” GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said in a statement with the announcement of the nominees. “Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them – just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20, at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11, at the Hilton Union Square.