It was a great night for LGBTQ artists and attendees at the 62nd Grammy Awards Sunday night.
Several out artists picked up awards including:
Lil Nas X scored two trophies – Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his mega-hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. The country rapper performed the song with all the artists who had been featured on “Old Town Road” remixes last year including BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, and Cyrus.
Brandi Carlile, who came out in 2002, took home a Grammy as one of the songwriters of Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now” in the Best Country Song category. She also appeared in the broadcast performing the song with Tucker.
Out rapper Tyler the Creator won Best Rap Album for “Igor.”
As Instinct previously reported, DJ Tracy Young made history as the first woman and first lesbian to win for Best Remixed Recording for her remix of Madonna’s “I Rise.”
LGBTQ allies also had major moments throughout the night.
Lady Gaga picked up Grammys in two categories – Best Song for Visual Media (“I’ll Never Love Again”) from the A Star Is Born soundtrack and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Billie Eilish won in four big categories – Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Lizzo, the most nominated artist of the night with 8 nods, picked up trophies for Best Pop Solo Performance (“Truth Hurts”), Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Jerome”) and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Cuz I Love You).
And forty years after receiving the only Grammy Award ever issued in the category for Best Disco Recording (the iconic “I Will Survive”), legendary diva Gloria Gaynor was honored with her second GRAMMY® Award win receiving the award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Testimony.
And there were performances that stole the show.
Out singer Demi Lovato had one of the night’s most talked-about moments as she delivered a powerful performance of her song “Anyone.” The song immediately went to #1 on iTunes after the performance.
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Pop diva and ally Ariana Grande, who didn’t go home with a Grammy, was a knockout performing a three-song medley of “Imagine,” “7 Rings,” and “Thank U, Next.”
Special shout-out to Darrion Gallegos, the male dancer in her corp who lived his best life dancing it out in heels and short shorts along with the other dancers.
Back in December, as Grande’s tour came to an end, he thanked the powers that be for letting him “gender-bend the fak out of this” and contribute his part for the LGBTQIA+ community.
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Last Show…. Thank you from every bit of my heart @arianagrande @brilovelife @iamskot . You helped me see so much more within myself and become the man I needed when I was younger. Also thank you for allowing me to gender bend the fak out of this world nd contribute my part for the LQBTQIA+ community. You allowed me to be apart of something so huge and for that I am forever thankful. And to the incredible @sweetenerkiids, I love you beyond. You made this year so beautiful. #sweetenerworldtour @alfredoflores you beautiful heart and eyes caught some remarkable moments ✨
And of course, it wouldn’t be an awards show without a red carpet and Billy Porter delivering the goods:
Get on my nerves, and the curtain closes! 😂 Living for my lewk styled by @sammyratelle with a custom design by @scottstudenberg of @bajaeast and featuring a custom hat by @sokolmillinery & mechanically engineered by @SM00TH_TECH. pic.twitter.com/GsCY09aNzc
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) January 27, 2020
Lil Nas X didn’t disappoint, though, serving up a hot pink Versace cowboy suit complete with double-choker harness:
— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) January 26, 2020
Anthony Ramos, GLAAD’s Head of Talent, spoke to Jojo, Rosalia, Victoria Monét, and Bebe Rexha about LGBTQ inclusion and the changing landscape of music: