The 65th Grammy Awards featured a performance from Grammy winner Sam Smith and Kim Petras that left viewers stunned. The two singers took to the stage in devil-like costumes, complete with red leather pants, high-heeled boots, and a top hat with horns. Surrounding them were whip-wielding dancers, evoking imagery of a grudge-filled underworld. Following the performance, an ad from Pfizer—the company currently under investigation by the CDC—was aired, sparking further controversy.
The performance and ad quickly became a talking point on social media. Conservative politician Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted that the performance and ad were a sign that American Christians needed to “get to work”. Other Twitter users slammed the singer for their “satanic” performance and the advertiser for “sponsoring” it.
Despite the controversy, Smith and Petras went on to win the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy for their song “Unholy”. Petras, who is the first transgender woman to win the award, dedicated the win to the transgender legends who opened the doors for her.
The 65th Grammy Awards show was a night of controversy and celebration. It featured a performance from Sam Smith and Kim Petras that left viewers stunned, followed by an ad from Pfizer that sparked further outrage. Despite the controversy, the duo went on to win the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy, making history in the process.