Kim Petras and Sam Smith won the 2023 Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance for “Unholy,” performed the song at the show on Sunday in Los Angeles.
“This song has been such an incredible journey for me, and Sam has been a supporter of mine for so long,” Kim Petras said during the pair’s speech.
“Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win this award.”
“I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends performing who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight,” she exclaimed.
She received a standing applause for the win, initiated by artist Sam Smith, who urged the crowd to cheer louder. Petras thanked Madonna and the late transgender music producer Sophie, who died in 2021 and was a close friend of the singer.
“SOPHIE, 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 called out LGBTQ icon and queen of pop Madonna in her speech on Sunday. “Madonna for fighting for LGBTQ rights, thank you so much, I don’t think I could be here without Madonna,” she said.
Lastly, the Heart to Break talent gave a heartwarming appreciation to her mother for standing by her side and supporting her career and gender identity. Shortly after Petras emotional speech, fans of the singer flocked to social media to shower her with praise.