Artist and activist Otep Shamaya of the California-based band OTEP has been nominated for "Outstanding Music Artist" in the 21st annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

An outspoken advocate of gay rights, Shamaya serves as a key figure in the movement to promote fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

OTEP is about to set the nation on fire with the upcoming "Rise Rebel Resist Tour" alongside Victory Records label mates BURY YOUR DEAD and DESTROPHY, with special guests THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD.

OTEP is promoting its fourth full-length studio album, "Smash The Control Machine", which sold around 10,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on August 18, 2009 via Victory Records.