Enigmatic pop artist SOPHIE’s Grammy nomination was a huge moment not just for the artist herself but for transgender visibility in the music industry. SOPHIE’s fans, many of whom are queer, were excited to see their queen walk the red carpet at music’s biggest night. But they certainly weren’t anticipating that a bumbling red carpet correspondent would misgender SOPHIE while interviewing her.
SOPHIE was chatting with Dana Blair, who was doing celebrity interviews as part of the Recording Academy’s official pre-show coverage. The artist was speaking about her record Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album, saying the recognition “means that hopefully more people will be aware of what I do and hopefully allow me to continue doing what I do on a broader scale. I am grateful for that opportunity and grateful to represent my fans...it means a lot to them.”
SOPHIE went on to reveal that she’s working on a remix album featuring alternate versions of songs from Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides and that she continues to work on production with other artists. When asked which artists specifically, SOPHIE kept it coy, saying she’s “fallen into that trap before,” likely referencing her long-anticipated collaboration with Lady Gaga.
That was when Blair misgendered SOPHIE. “He’s like, not trying it again,” she laughed. Neither SOPHIE, her date, nor the other interviewer commented on Blair’s mistake, but the interview certainly seemed a bit colder afterwards and thankfully wrapped up soon after.
— SOPHIE UPDATES (@MSMSMSMUPDATES) February 11, 2019
If Blair realized what she’d said, she has yet to comment on either her Instagram or Twitter. Maybe she can take a few notes on what steps cisgender people should take when they misgender a trans person. An apology would be a nice start, girl.
Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides did not take home any Grammys, adding insult to injury, but SOPHIE remains one of the most exciting queer artists making music today.