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We did it, "Unholy"!
This week, Sam Smith and Kim Petras' hit song reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As reported by Billboard, Smith and Petras are "the first publicly non-binary and transgender soloists, respectively, to top the Hot 100."
Smith celebrated their Billboard achievement with an Instagram post that read:
"I can't believe it. Number 1 in America. I am honestly speechless, overwhelmed, [nauseous], and extremely happy. This song is so special to me for so many reasons and I am just so proud of everyone involved for their bravery and guts and spirit. I am so honoured to get to work with such incredibly talented musicians and humans. And Kim... what magic you are. You are a treasure and an inspiration to so many. Thank you for jumping with me [Kim Petras], this is ours sailors. I do this for you and you only. What a journey. What a 10 years. What a life xx."
Petras also took to social media to celebrate her first Billboard #1 ever:
"NUMBER ONEEEE HOT 100! I'm so grateful. Sam I can't thank you enough for riding with me for years at this point. I'm so honored to be a part of your first number one in the US which you should have 500 of at this point. I love you forever angel Sam."
This is not only a career-defining moment for both of them as musicians, but it's also a historic moment for the LGBTQ+ community. Never had a non-binary artist, nor a trans artist, reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts - which makes this all the more special.
May this be only the first of many #1 placements for LGBTQ+ artists of many different gender expressions and sexual orientations on the Billboard Hot 100. Music has always been a universal language, and it's incredible to finally see that an artist's gender or sexuality doesn't prevent them from getting to the very top of the music industry.