Grammy 2023: Sam Smith collaborator Kim Petras makes history with transgender win
Sam Smith gave way to collaborator Kim Petras as the duo celebrated her becoming the first transgender woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys.
Heiress Unholy’s chart-topping collaboration won Sunday night with German vocalist Petras to thank other transgender artists who came before her.
“Sam, I love you so much and this song has been a great journey for me,” she said after they took the stage.
“Sam really wanted me to accept this award because I am the first transgender woman to win it,” she added, prompting a standing ovation from part of the audience.
Petras also thanked the “transgender legends” for “opening the door”.
She also mentioned Madonna, saying “I don’t think I would be here without Madonna”, and her mother, as she received the gongs at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
The pair then took to the stage for a live performance of Unholy, following an introduction by Madonna herself, who praised “the rebels out there” while brandishing a whip.
Smith wore a demon-horned headdress while Petras performed in the cage and both wore crimson sportswear.
Earlier in the night, the duo drew attention on the red carpet when wearing matching red outfits.
Smith wore a floor-length bright red coat with an oversized collar that they teamed with a hat and cane, while Petras opted for a mini skirt and matching red heels.
They were also accompanied by Gottmik and Violet Chachki, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, who appeared in their music video.
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It delivered a successful week for Smith after the singer, who identified as non-binary and used the pronoun surname/last, scored a third number one with Gloria.
They have previously said that the album is “like a growth” and has helped them “get through some dark times”.
Gloria drew mixed reviews with NME giving it four stars and calling it “the most surprising, satisfying and important work of their career”, while The Times only gave them two stars and argued that Smith too often used “cliché” to describe them. story.
The Stay With Me singer also sparked an online backlash this week after releasing a daring music video for her recent single I’m Not Here To Make Friends, in which they don corsets and tassels. nipples while performing a provocative move with revealingly dressed dancers.
The video has been criticized by some as being overly pornographic, while the singer’s fans claim that they are victims of a double standard due to them being gay and being larger in size.
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