Triumph for German singer Kim Petras: She is the first trans woman to win a Grammy

Triumph for German singer Kim Petras
She is the first trans woman to win a Grammy

Kim Petras and Sam Smith (right) on stage at the 65th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

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The German singer Kim Petras is the first trans woman ever to receive a Grammy Award for her hit “Unholy”.

Cologne-born German singer Kim Petras (30) made history at this year’s Grammy Awards. Together with Sam Smith (30), Petras was awarded Best Pop Duo for her hit “Unholy” at the awards ceremony on Sunday in Los Angeles. Petras, who has lived in the USA since 2011, explained in her acceptance speech to thunderous applause from the audience: “[…] I’m the first trans woman to win this award.”

Petras thanks Madonna and her mother

Dressed in bright red outfits, Smith and Petras accepted their award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The 30-year-old thanked her in her speech, which can be seen on YouTube all the “transgender legends” who “kicked down doors” before her. Petras includes pop icon Madonna (64), who fought for LGBTQ rights. Petras further explained: “I grew up on a highway in the middle of nowhere in Germany. And my mother believed me that I was a girl. Without her I wouldn’t be here.”

The song “Unholy” topped the UK and US charts last fall. The hit is about a family man who leads a double life. The US singer Beyoncé (41) was awarded four Grammys at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles and is now officially the most successful Grammy artist of all time with a total of 32 awards.


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