Kim Petras’ historic win at Sunday’s Grammy Awards is actually one thing sacred.
The German-born pop singer, who made a splash featured on Sam Smith’s electropop smash “Unholy,” made Grammys historical past when she received the award for finest pop duo/group efficiency at the 65th annual Grammy Awards, turning into what’s believed to be the primary transgender girl to win music’s prime honor.
“Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win,” Petras mentioned throughout her acceptance speech. “Sam, you are a true angel and hero in my life. I love you.”
Petras gushed additional about her friendship with Smith backstage on the awards ceremony.
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“Sam has been a special friend and supporter of mine,” Petras mentioned. “It’s special to share this with someone who has given me such important advice in my life, dealing with the opinions of people. I feel like I’ve learned so much. Sam will never get rid of me, and we’ll sing the song for eternity.”
Aside from Smith, Petras additionally took a second onstage to provide a shoutout to a few of her musical heroes, together with Madonna (“I don’t think I could be here without Madonna”) and the late Sophie, a trans digital producer and DJ who died in 2021.
“Thank you so much for your inspiration, Sophie,” Petras mentioned. “I adore you, and your inspiration will forever be in my music.”
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Petras additionally thanked her mom for the very important position she performed in her private journey.
“I grew up next to a highway in nowhere-Germany, and my mother believed that I was a girl,” Petras mentioned. “And I wouldn’t be here without her and her support.”
The “brrr” singer mirrored on the importance of her win backstage.
“All these years are going through my head of people saying I would be a niche artist and my music would only be played in gay clubs,” Petras mentioned. “I hope kids who saw this, who feel they don’t belong and don’t have a place in society, feel inspired that you can be yourself and get rewarded for your talent rather than your gender or sexuality.”
Petras’ “Unholy” collaborator Smith, who identifies as nonbinary, lately triggered a stir with their different track “I’m Not Here to Make Friends.” A music video for the track consists of scantily clad dancers gyrating on beds and below streams of water. The video has sparked robust reactions on Twitter, the place customers have attacked and defended the singer.
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