Kim Petras make history as first openly trans artist to win Grammy for Best Pop Duo

Kim Petras make history as first openly trans artist to win Grammy for Best Pop Duo

On Sunday, Kim Petras and Sam Smith won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Collaboration for their song “Unholy.” Additionally, the win makess Petras the first-ever transgender woman to win a Grammy in the category

Petras and Smith’s “Unholy” was nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. The two took to the stage clad in all-red ensembles. Joining the powerhouse duo on the carpet were music video co-stars and Rupaul’s Drag Race alum Gottmik and Violet Chachki. 



”Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” Petras said in her acceptance speech. “I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who take these doors open for me so I couldn’t be here tonight,” she said, before referencing the late Grammy-nominated producer Sophie, who died in 2020.

"Sophie, my friend who passed away two years ago, who told me this would happen and always believed in me. Thank you so much for you inspiration, Sophie. I adore you, and your inspiration will forever be in my music.”

“I grew up next to a highway in Germany,” she said. “And my mother believed me that I was a girl and I wouldn’t be here without her and her support and everyone who believed in me to this point.”


She concluded her speech, thanking Smith for the support. “This is a huge moment for me, Sam. Thank you. You’re a true angel and hero in my life. And I love you and everyone who made the song too. I love you guys so much. Sorry, I didn’t write down the names!”

This year’s win marks Smith’s fifth Grammy after winning Record and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me” in 2015. That year, In the Lonely Hour won Best Pop Vocal Album and they were also named Best New Artist.

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