Kim Petras and Sam Smith’s chart-topping collaboration “In Holy” won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Smith sat back as Petras accepted the award, highlighting her as the first transgender woman to win in the category.
“Sam graciously wanted me to accept the award because I am the first transgender woman to win it,” Petras announced. Her announcement was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation from stars including Anita and Taylor Swift.
“I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked those doors down for me to be here tonight,” the “Unclean” singer continued.
As Smith praised his teammate for his historic win, Petras thanked the trailblazers who paved the way for him in the music industry. “Sophie, my friend who died two years ago who told me it would happen, and always believed in me. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Sophie. I loved you. I am, and your inspiration will always be in my music. Madonna is fighting for LGBT rights. So much so that I don’t think I could live here without Madonna.
In addition to thanking the musicians, Petras thanked her mother for her support during her journey as a transgender woman and an aspiring musician, “I grew up along a highway to nowhere in Germany. And my mom believed in me that I was a girl, and I wouldn’t be here without her and her support.”
“And everyone who has believed in me so far, I love you so much. Recording Academy, thank you. This is a huge moment for me. Thank you, Sam, you are a true angel and hero in my life. And I love you. And everybody who made the song, I love you guys so much,” Petras said cheerfully.
Petras follows Wendy Carlos as the second transgender woman to win a Grammy, following Carlos’ three wins in 1969. Petras and Smith also made awkward history after becoming the first unusual duo to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for their hit. , “unclean.”
Prior to their Grammy performance, Smith and Petras surprised the audience during Smith’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” when Petras revealed herself under Smith’s dress.
Also nominated in the category: ABBA for “Don’t Shut Me Down,” Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran for “Bam Bam,” Coldplay and BTS for “My Universe” and The Post for “I Like You (A Happier) Melvin and the Duja Cat song).”
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