Gay Rights, Janelle Monáe, Gaga And 'The Favourite': LGBT+ Highlights From The Grammys and BAFTAs

This weekend's awards show saw a number of firsts for queer women while the cast of 'The Favourite' broke Twitter with their 'gay rights' moment.

Janelle Monáe performs with backup dancers at the Grammys

Last night saw LGBT+ women and queer narratives take centre stage at the Grammys in Los Angeles, while Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz sent Twitter into a frenzy with their ‘gay rights’ moment at the British Academy of Film and TV Awards in London.

It was a big night for queer women in music at the Grammys as Brandi Carlile and Lady Gaga both made history as the first out winners in their respective categories. Carlile became the first openly LGBT+ woman to take home the Grammy for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Performance, while Gaga proudly nabbed Best Pop Solo Performance. Other queer artists nominated included Janelle Monae and St. Vincent who joined Gaga and Carlile as performers on the night.

In her acceptance speech, Carlile made reference to her own coming out story:

“Americana music is the island of the misfit toys. I am such a misfit. It is this music that has shaped my life and made me who I am and even gave me my family.

“I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school and I can ensure you that I was never invited to any parties. I never got to attend a dance. To be embraced by this enduring and loving community has been a dance of a lifetime. Thank you for being my island.”

Gaga accepted the Grammy for Best Pop/Group Performance for her track ‘Shallow’, which she co-wrote with her A Star is Born co-star Bradley Cooper.

In accepting the award Gaga talked about the way in which the film tackles issues relating to mental illness:

“I’m so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues, they’re so important.

“A lot of artists deal with that. And we got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that is hurting, don’t look away. And if you are hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you. I love you, thank you so much to the Grammys.”

‘Shallow’ also won the star the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media, while Gaga picked up a third Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Joanne’.

Openly pansexual singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe dedicated her nominations (Album of the Year for Dirty Computer, and Best Music Video for ‘Pynk’) to the trans community and spoke about the importance of representation in the music industry. Monáe told Variety:

“My trans brothers and sisters, they do it every day. And they are shunned from these sorts of events. So this one is for them.”

Dua Lipa and St. Vincent teamed up for a very sultry mash-up of ‘One Kiss’ and ‘Masseducation’:

Across the pond, the best of film and television turned it out for the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Favourite dominated in terms of awards with Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz nabbing Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

Prior to the ceremony, Twitter user lgbtdisney sent social media into a frenzy when she got Coleman and Weisz to say ‘Gay Rights’ into the camera. 

One Twitter user wrote that ‘Rachel Weisz shouting ‘gay rights!’ just added 10 years to my lifespan:

The Favourite also picked up the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, Outstanding British Film, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hair.

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