Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has said he was humbled by having Rev. Al Sharpton present him with a GLAAD Media Award.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) held its first of three shows in New York on Saturday. Simmons was honored with the group's Excellence in Media Award for his support of LGBT rights.

In accepting his award, the Def Jam co-creator called Sharpton one of his heroes.

“It's a great honor and I'm truly appreciative of the GLAAD Media Awards including me in this special night,” Simmons told the crowd. “I'm humbled by having one of my mentors and heroes Rev. Sharpton giving me this award. It's no secret that faith-based communities, in some cases, have been difficult, and I think that for all of us who step outside of our comfort zone and fight for the rights of others, we are blessed. And Rev. Sharpton [has] stood up in so many ways and has been very special. And to the gay and lesbian community he's a true blessing. I'm honored and appreciative and I just want to thank everybody. Thank you."

Earlier in the year, Simmons recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urging New Yorkers to support gay marriage.

Singer Ricky Martin was also honored at Saturday's gala. In accepting his award, Martin thanked his boyfriend and family for their support.