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Matt Fishel Acceptance Speech
I'm absolutely thrilled to have won SONG OF THE YEAR for 'Radio-Friendly Pop Song' and BEST POP/ROCK VIDEO for 'When Boy Meets Boy' at this year's RightOutTV Awards - I haven't stopped grinning all week! I want to say a huge thank you to all the judges for listening to the songs and for supporting me and my music, and also to Marlee and Tully and the RightOutTV team for organizing the awards and for all your work in support of out musicians.
I feel so honoured to have been nominated alongside such a wealth of fantastic artists, and extremely proud to be a part of the out LGBTQ
recording community. As an out gay artist, I have always striven to be
true to myself and to be honest and open in my music and lyrics. It's not
always an easy path, but I wouldn't change it for the world! I wrote
'Radio-Friendly Pop Song' as both a fun response to the executives
in major music labels who have repeatedly advised me to remove any references to other guys from my lyrics so as not to 'alienate my audience', and also as an anthem of pride in celebration of the LGBTQ community. And so it means a great deal to receive this award for SONG OF THE YEAR by an organisation who celebrates out artists and champions what we do. I strongly believe in the importance of art to send a positive message of freedom, equality and diversity and I'm extremely grateful to RightOutTV for establishing these awards in celebration of out artists.
I want to say a huge thanks to Joe Phillips who directed and animated the video for 'When Boy Meets Boy' - it was great fun working together on this project! Thanks to the brilliant Mark Crew who co-produced 'Radio-Friendly Pop Song' with me. And a massive thank you to everyone who has watched my videos, listened to, bought and enjoyed my songs and supported me and my music. You guys are the reason I can keep on doing what I love, so thank you!
And finally, I'd also like to thank all of the awesome LGBTQ recording artists out there who do what you do and who inspire me on a daily basis. Huge congrats to all the other winners and nominees - Out music rules!