Madonna will present CNN anchor and daytime talk show host Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York City on Saturday, March 16.

The award honors an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference promoting gay rights.

Cooper, 45, came out gay early last year after ducking rumors for years.

“Madonna has been a passionate spokesperson and long time supporter of gay rights. She has embraced LGBT people around the world on many occasions,” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement. “From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community's strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper”

Good Morning America anchors Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott and Sam Champion will co-host the ceremony, to be held at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Cooper, who is nominated in the Outstanding TV Journalism category, has won three previous GLAAD Media Awards for his reporting on LGBT issues.