At the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, which were held last night (March 14), a slew of LGBTQ artists and performers, including many women, took home awards.
Bi musician Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande made history by winning the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain On Me.” The song is the first all-female song to win this award and marks Gaga’s 12th Grammy win.
Other LGBTQ women who took home wins were lesbian singer-songwriter Brittany Howard, who won Best rock Song for “Stay High,;” bisexual singer and rapper Meshell Ndegeocello, who won Best R&B Song for “Better Than I Imagined;” and lesbian country artist Brandi Carlile, who won Best Country Song for “Crowded Table.”
Lesbian MSNBC host Rachel Maddow also won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth.
Kaytranada, a queer DJ, won Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording for his album “Bubba” and track “10%,” respectively, and the LGBTQ-include Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill won Best Musical Theater Album.
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who’s been open about the fluidity of her sexuality but hasn’t explicitly come out, won big. She took home Best New Artist – the first female rapper to do so in 22 years – Best Rap Song for “Savage Remix Ft. Beyonce,” and Best Rap Performance for the same track.
In other major non-LGBTQ moments from the night, women also dominated. H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” won Song of the Year, Billie Eilish won Record of the Year for “Everything I Wanted,” and Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for “Folklore,” making history with her record third win in the category. Beyoncé also became the most-awarded woman in Grammys history when she took home her 28th trophy with a win for her 2020 single “Black Parade” — her fourth win of the night — surpassing country singer Alison Krauss’ previous record. She also won earlier awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Savage,” her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, and Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl.”