At the 2023 Grammys, Sam Smith and Kim Petras made history with their win for the best pop duo/group performance for their hit song “Unholy”. The performance, which was horror movie-inspired, was a spectacle to behold with its dazzling props, pyrotechnics, and demonic red lighting.
However, the duo’s “Unholy” performance was not well received by all viewers, particularly the conservative crowd, who took issue with its “demonic” themes. Critics took to social media to share their thoughts, with one person calling the pair “servants of Satan” and another misgendering non-binary Sam Smith and branding them “degenerate filth”.
Despite the backlash, fans and supporters of the artists rallied behind them, praising the creative vision of Smith and Petras’ performance. As one fan pointed out, references to the devil are not new in popular music, citing examples such as Motley Crue and Iron Maiden.
Moreover, the Grammys made history by making Kim Petras the first trans woman to win the award for best pop duo/group performance. During the acceptance speech, Sam Smith graciously gave the spotlight to Petras, who paid homage to “transgender legends before [her] who’ve kicked these doors open” such as Madonna and the late trans artist SOPHIE.
Other notable moments at the Grammys included Beyoncé’s tribute to the queer community and her late Uncle Johnny as she became the most decorated artist in Grammy history. Meanwhile, Lil Nas X and Sam Smith and Kim Petras were seen laughing and celebrating their win, reminding everyone that they’re still making waves in the music industry.