Mariah Carey and Robert De Niro honoured at GLAAD Awards

Mariah Carey has scooped a GLAAD award, and said it felt "more real" than some of her other accolades.

The pop diva picked up the Ally gong at the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards, which honour the media "for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community".

"Some awards are about statistics and things like that, and some are about like something a little more real. Do you know what I mean?" she said.

"This feels like one of those moments, so I think it's great."

Mariah was handed her trophy by Lee Daniels, who directed her in the movie Precious in 2009.

Lee Daniels and Mariah Carey at the GLAAD awards
Lee Daniels and Mariah Carey (Charles Sykes/AP/PA)

"Mariah is one of us," said the filmmaker, who is openly gay.

As she accepted the award, Mariah said: "I wish all of you love, peace and harmony, and as my five-year-old son Rocky likes to say, 'boobies and butts'."

The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were hosted by Laverne Cox, who has been a pioneering force for transgender performers with her role in Orange Is The New Black.

Laverne Cox at the GLAAD Awards
Laverne Cox ( Charles Sykes/AP/PA)

Robert De Niro was also among the winners, picking up the Excellence in Media Award from his Joy co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

"If I were a lesbian, I'd be all over you," he joked. "Being a father figure has its limitations."

Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence at the GLAAD Awards
Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence (Charles Sykes/AP/PA)

Other awards included outstanding film for the transgender sex comedy/drama Tangerine, and outstanding TV journalism for 20/20´s interview with Caitlyn Jenner in 2015, which was accepted by Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn and producer David Sloan.

"You can only tell your story the first time once, and it was done perfectly, not just for me but for the community," Caitlyn said.

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