Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Kim Petras - How The Trans Artist Made History

Kim Petras and Sam Smith won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
at the 2023 Grammys. |

The first transgender singer to go number one in the US, German-born Kim Petras endured long rites of passage in her homeland before finding her voice abroad.

I featured Kim Petras as a "Success Story" in September 2021

Nothing unholy about this win: Kim Petras has officially made Grammy Awards history.

With her win of the 2023 Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her and Sam Smith's hit, "Unholy," Petras became the first openly transgender woman singer to win a Grammy.

"This song has been such an incredible, incredible journey for me," she said upon accepting the award on Sunday. Petras called out Smith for being a supporter of hers for so long. In fact, Smith wanted Petras to be the only one to speak on stage because of her history-making turn, which earned a standing ovation from the audience and cheers from Smith.

"I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends performing who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight," she said. She specifically called out the late singer-songwriter and Petras collaborator, Sophie, who died two years ago. "[Sophie] told me this would happen, and always believed in me. Thank you so much for your inspiration, Sophie. I adore you."

Petras also called out LGBTQ icon and queen of pop Madonna in her speech on Sunday. "Madonna for fighting for LGBTQ rights, thank you so much, I don't think I could be here without Madonna," she said. Later in the night, Madonna introduced the duo for their fiery performance of "Unholy."

In another touching moment, Petras, who hails from self-admitted "nowhere Germany," thanked her mother:

 "My mother believed me that I was a girl and I wouldn't be here without her and her support," 

Her Acceptance Speech


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