Kim Petras Makes LGBTQ History as First Transgender Woman to Win Grammy in Pop Duo/Group Collaboration

At the 2023 Grammy Awards, history was made in the LGBTQ community.

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Kim Petras and Sam Smith were awarded the Best Pop Duo/Group Collaboration for their song "Unholy," making Petras the first-ever transgender woman to win a Grammy in this category.

The artists graced the stage together, with Smith standing behind Petras and handing her the microphone to accept the award.

During her acceptance speech, Petras acknowledged the contributions of transgender legends who paved the way for her success and expressed her gratitude to the late Grammy-nominated producer Sophie, who had believed in her and predicted this moment.

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She also thanked Madonna for her activism in support of LGBTQ rights and her mother for her unwavering support throughout her journey.

In her speech, Petras praised Smith as a true angel and hero in her life and expressed her love for everyone involved in the creation of the song.

Madonna introduced the pair with a statement, "If they call you troublesome, provocative, dangerous, you are definitely on to something."

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Petras and Smith then performed their hit song "Unholy" in sexier versions of their red carpet outfits. The win for "Unholy" marked Smith's fifth Grammy win, following previous wins in 2015 for Record and Song of the Year for "Stay With Me."

Petras shared with the press backstage that the song was inspired by her personal experiences with religion and expressed her hope that in the future, gender and identity labels will matter less.

She added, "I got a Grammy for making music with my friend, and that's the best feeling in the world. I think that people need to judge less."

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