History was made at the 2023 Grammy Awards when Kim Petras and Sam Smith took home the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Collaboration for their song “Unholy.” Petras became the first-ever transgender woman to win a Grammy in this category, and her acceptance speech was as inspiring as it was powerful.
Petras thanked the late Grammy-nominated producer Sophie, who had passed away in 2020 and had always believed in her. She also thanked Madonna for “fighting for LGBTQ rights” and her mother for supporting her throughout her journey. Smith graciously stood behind Petras and gave her the mic.
The nomination for “Unholy” was up against Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran’s “Bam Bam,” Coldplay and BTS’ “My Universe,” Post Malone and Doja Cat’s “I Like You (A Happier Song).” Madonna introduced the pair, saying “If they call you troublesome, provocative, dangerous, you are definitely on to something.” Petras and Smith then took the stage in sexier versions of their all-red red carpet outfits.
The win for “Unholy” marks Smith’s fifth Grammy after winning Record and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me” in 2015. Petras told the press backstage that the song was inspired by her childhood experience with religion and said she was excited to show kids that you can be rewarded for your talent instead of just your sexuality.
This momentous win marks a milestone in LGBTQ history and Petras’s inspiring speech will be remembered for years to come. Petras’s message of hope and acceptance is an important reminder that everyone deserves to be seen and heard, no matter their gender or identity.