Iconic gay cowboy Lil Nas X won two Grammys and more…
Last night was the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, and it was a big night for the LGBTQ community. Music’s biggest night proved to be a safe space with plenty of amazing LGBTQ moments throughout the entire evening. Here are six of our favourites from the red carpet and the ceremony.
Lil Nas X’s big night
It was a good night for Lil Nas X at his first-ever Grammys. After walking the red carpet wearing a custom hot-pink Versace number, the 20-year-old openly gay rapper gave an epic performance of his record-breaking hit “Old Town Road.” Lil Nas X took home Best Music Video and Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Ellen DeGeneres introduced his performance with a few words about his decision to come out as gay even before the peak of success for “Old Town Road” — which eventually went on to become the longest charting No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
“Unwavering in the face of prejudice,” DeGeneres said, “he told the world that we was gay and then he became an inspiration to millions of young people around the world.” She went on to call the artist “courageous, brave and groundbreaking.”
Tyler the Creator takes home Best Rap Album
Tyler the Creator won big at the 2020 Grammys taking home Best Rap Album for IGOR. The artist, who has confused the world in regards to his sexuality for years, spoke onstage about how he “never felt fully accepted in rap”, thanking his fans and Pharrell Williams for “opening up doors”.
After the win, Jaden Smith hit Twitter to declare: “My Boyfriend Just Won A Grammy.” Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this showmance. Back in 2018, Smith went to Tyler’s festival, Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles to profess that “Tyler’s my motherfucking boyfriend and he’s been my motherfucking boyfriend my whole life.”
Tyler’s last comment on his sexuality was to GQ in November: “I like girls, I just end up fucking their brother every time.”
Tracy Young wins!
Last night Tracy Young became the first woman to win a Grammy in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical. The beloved DJ, who openly identifies as a lesbian, won for her Pride radio remix of Madonna’s “I Rise.”
“We made history, ladies,” Young said in her acceptance speech, which took place in a Sunday ceremony prior to the Grammys television broadcast. “I proudly accept this on behalf of all female producers who have been overlooked.” She also thanked the LGBTQ community in her remarks.
Ariana Grande’s dancer is a total star!
Anticipation was high for Ariana Grande’s medley performance and she definitely didn’t disappoint. Neither did her crew of backup dancers, especially the performance stealing Darrion Gallegos. Gallegos (who danced with Grande on her recent tour) looked incredible on stage wearing a pink corset, silk short shorts, and heels. Did we mention that Gallegos hit every single choreographed mark with persicsion. Fierce! No wonder he was (seemingly) the leader of the pack on stage last night.
Another Billy Porter ensemble destined for meme immortality
Soooooo… Billy Porter’s walk down the red carpet immediately captured all the attention. The Pose star sported a glittering turquoise suit designed by Scott Studenberg, but it was his matching turquoise hat that demanded everyone’s attention on social media. Designed by Sokol Millinery the motorized hat featured a silver fringe that opened and closed via a remote control mechanism. The shade of it all.
Wait… There’s more from Porter! One of the funniest moments during the 2020 Grammy Awards came when Porter introduced the Jonas Brothers, using a line from the epic Kinky Boots promotions: “Ladies and Gentlemen and those who haven’t decided yet.”
Diplo brought Orville Peck as his Grammys date
Believe it or not, Diplo brought Orville Peck as his date to the 2020 Grammys on Sunday night. The enigmatic masked gay country singer and the sexually ambiguous super-producer posed for pictures with their arms around each others’ shoulders.
When asked by Billboard how their friendship had began, Diplo said: “In the DMs, to be honest.”
“A lonesome trail on Instagram,” Peck added.
“We’re both on the same journey,” Diplo continued. “We’re looking for a place to go.”
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