Kim Petras is forever a Grammy winner!
Sam Smith picked up their fifth Grammy and Petras picked up her first as they won the award for Best Pop Group/Duo Performance for their song "Unholy" off of Smith's album Gloria.
Smith let Petras accept the award. In her speech, she thanked Smith for supporting her, and gave credit to the trans women in music who came before her. She specifically thanked legendary Grammy-nominated producer and electronic artist SOPHIE, who sadly passed away in 2021.
Petras started off her speech by saying that Smith has long been a supporter of hers and that they wanted her to accept the award, because she is the first trans woman to win the award.
“I just wanted to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight.”
“SOPHIE, especially. My friend who passed away two years ago, who told me this would happen and always believed in me. Thank you so much for your inspiration, SOPHIE. I adore you and your inspiration will forever be in my music.”
Petras also thanked Madonna for fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, saying “I don’t think I could be here without Madonna.”
Finally, Petras talked about her own mother. “I grew up next to a highway in nowhere Germany, and my mother believed me that I was a girl and I wouldn’t be here without her and her support and everyone who believed in me to this point.”
Smith was nominated for six Grammys in 2015, and won four, including Best New Artist, Record, and Song of the Year.