The televised portion of the Grammys ceremony may not yet be underway, but queer people are already taking home several statues.
During the non-televised portion of the Grammys ceremony, lesbian folk singer Brandi Carlile won 3 Grammys, for best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “The Joke,” and best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You.
Later in the evening, Carlile, who is the most-nominated woman and third most-nominated artist at this year’s Grammy Awards, will face off in some of the most competitive categories of the night, including album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year. All together, Carlile has six Grammy nominations and has already taken home three.
Grammy-nominated producer Linda Perry, who is behind songs by Pink and Christina Aguilera, shouted out Carlile’s wins on Twitter.
FUCK YES!!!! 1 2 3 @brandicarlile congratulations !!!!!! And the show hasn’t even started.
— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) February 10, 2019
While Carlile is nominated in her genre categories at music’s biggest night, it’s rare that Americana music — by a queer person, at that — is nominated in the night’s general categories.
“I’m basically a lesbian chicken-farmer mom who’s somehow been invited to the party,” Carlile told said in Out’s upcoming March issue.
Carlile will compete against Janelle Monae, another queer woman, in the album of the year category. If either wins, they will be the first out queer person to win Grammy’s most prestigious honor.