Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, dedicated “Smile” on is album 4:44 to his mum Gloria Carter, whom he outed in the song as a lesbian. Of course, with her permission, though it was not easy for him to convince mom that it was necessary to do it. For such a step was honored with a GLAAD Award for dealing with LGBT issues, with his mum picking up the Special Recognition Award at the ceremony in New York City. ““‘Smile’ became a reality because I shared with my son who I am. Not that people didn’t know; I was just someone they didn’t talk about, but they loved me anyway. But for me, this was the first time that I spoke to anyone about who I really am,” said Mrs. Carter, thanking to everybody, and especially to her beloved son, for making it possible for her to tell the truth and supporting her in her wish to finally be herself, now she has a female partner and her heart is full of love. “Love gave me the courage to take the power that I allowed other people to have over my life for fear of them revealing my secret that wasn’t really a secret. Here I am. I’m loving, I’m respectful, I’m productive, and I’m a human being who has a right to love who I love. So everybody, just smile, be free. Thank you, and God bless,” she ended her speech.