Queer artists dominated the Grammy Awards 2020 with multiple nominations and stunning looks across the board.
Lesbian DJ Tracy Young won big last night as she became the first woman to win the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for her Pride radio remix of Madonna’s I Rise. During her acceptance speech, she said, “We made history, ladies. I proudly accept this on behalf of all female producers who have been overlooked.”
Speaking to the Advocate in January 2020, Young said, “I’m just a girl from Virginia with a love for music. And to have made history and to be Grammy nominee for a Madonna song [tells the world that] if you have a dream and you go for it, you can do it.”
Continuing with firsts for the Grammy Awards 2020, the legendary group BTS became the first K-pop artists to perform at the event. Singing alongside Lil Nas X for his song Old Town Road, the band were clearly a highlight of the night for many fans.
Openly gay singer Lil Nas X won his first Grammy for his hit song and then went on to win another one. Beating out FKA Twigs, Tove Lo, The Chemical Brothers, and Gary Clark Jr, he took home the Best Music Video. The singer also received Best Pop Duo/Group Performances.
If that wasn’t enough, Lil Nas X slayed the red carpet with a hot pink S&M cowboy look. With hand-embroidered studs and Swarovski crystals, this get-up would make anyone go yee haw.
— nope (@LilNasX) January 27, 2020
The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards kicked things off with a red carpet that left everyone gagging. From revolving hats to frou for days, this truly was the year of the gay cowboys and fabulous fashion.
Queer cowboy singer Orville Peck proved why he is the reigning Key of Western in a gorgeous silver outfit and a dove wing hat. He cut a striking figure on the red carpet, further highlighting his soaring success.
Couldn’t find a good picture of my dove wing hat but had fun flying round the Grammys tonight 🕊 pic.twitter.com/FCU7hdY5Ri
— Orville Peck (@orvillepeck) January 27, 2020
Billy Porter has always been the one to watch out for on the red carpet. At each event, he finds a new way to outdo himself and the Grammy’s shows that no one can do it like him. A diamond fringe that slides open to reveal a gorgeous makeup look is simply sensational.
— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) January 27, 2020
This is the Power Rangers reboot I want pic.twitter.com/Blwx3LShi2
— adam ellis (@moby_dickhead) January 27, 2020
Ariana Grande was serving Cinderella realness with a beautiful ball gown. Later on in the night, during her performance of Sweetner, she pulled off an amazing outfit change as she slipped into something more comfortable. Performing alongside her, dancer Darrion Gallegos wore a pink corset, silk shorts and heels.
— Ariana Grande Today (@atnmedias) January 27, 2020
In 2019, Gallegos went on the Sweetner World Tour. Writing on Instagram, he said, “Thank you for allowing me to gender-bend the fak out of this world and[sic] contribute my part for the LQBTQIA+ community. You allowed me to be a part of something so huge and for that, I am forever thankful.”
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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 ✨
The phenomenal singer Lizzo pulled out two wonderful looks, a classic Hollywood starlet silhouette followed by a shimmery crystal look. She won three awards throughout the night, securing Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Her talented queer stylist Marko Monroe was in attendance, writing on Instagram, “I’m at the f***king Grammys….in a wig…with an icon. Slap me!”
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MY QUEEN @lizzobeeating – What a year it has been. I am so thankful to work with this icon for a year and a half. We have really done it all, small shows to massive arenas. I have been so blessed watching your dreams come true and YOU helping mine come true as well. I have never been more grateful. I do it all cuz I really do love you. ❤️ . . THANK YOU TO THE AMAZING TEAM AT VERSACE. . . @kevinbeisler @alannnnnna @ @quinnwilsonn @iwantalexx @theshelbyswain @nikkiontherocks I love you guys . . RED CARPET GOWN – Versace JEWELRY – Lorraine Schwartz SHOES – Rene Caovilla
The hilariously campy and always stunning drag queen Manila Luzon and designer Alexis Phifer were reviewing all the fashions at the Grammy Awards 2020 for Billboard. Her look was sleek and stunning as ever, plus when will Drag Album be a category cause that’s bound to be iconic.
Singer Billie Eilish made history as the youngest person to win five awards in the major categories. She will soon be performing the theme song for the 25th James Bond movie.
The first woman and second artist ever to win ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best New Artist’ in the same year at the #GRAMMYs, @billieeilish wore custom #Gucci by #AlessandroMichele. @RecordingAcad pic.twitter.com/tfxQH37skN
— gucci (@gucci) January 27, 2020
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