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Half of the Announced Grammy Performers are LGBTQ

So far, this year's Grammy performances include Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Sam Smith and Kim Petras.

Sam Smith and Kim Petra - Photo: Michael Bailey Gates
Sam Smith and Kim Petra — Photo: Michael Bailey Gates

The Grammys are coming up fast — the annual ceremony will air live from Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, February 5. With less than two weeks to go before trophies are handed out, the Recording Academy has finally unveiled a handful of musicians slated to perform during the show, and the lineup already looks fantastic.

So far, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, and both Sam Smith and Kim Petras are on the bill.

Among the eight performers announced so far, half publicly identify as part of the LGBTQ community, which shows the 2023 Grammys are going to be wonderfully queer.

If only these eight stars were to perform, it would still make for a fantastic show, but the Recording Academy is bound to name more artists in the coming days, and there may be a few surprises for those who tune in.

Here’s a quick rundown of the four LGBTQ musicians guaranteed to perform during the Grammy telecast, as well as what they’re nominated for (this section is adapted from information shared by the Recording Academy).

Brandi Carlile

One of the most respected American artists and songwriters in the music industry, Carlile might bring her wife to join her at the ceremony once again. She has previously won half a dozen trophies, and could add significantly to that sum very soon.

Nominated for seven Grammys this year:

  • Record Of The Year (“You And Me On The Rock”)
  • Album Of The Year (In These Silent Days)
  • Best Rock Performance (“Broken Horses”)
  • Best Rock Song (“Broken Horses”)
  • Best Americana Performance (“You And Me On The Rock”)
  • Best American Roots Song (“You And Me On The Rock”)
  • Best Americana Album (In These Silent Days)


Steve Lacy

The openly bisexual multi-genre talent has been nominated before, but he has yet to take home a trophy. This might be his year, as he is competing with his strongest submission yet, the No. 1 smash “Bad Habit,” which catapulted him to previously-unknown levels of fame and success.

Nominated for four Grammys this year:

  • Record Of The Year (“Bad Habit”)
  • Song Of The Year (“Bad Habit”)
  • Best Pop Solo Performance (“Bad Habit”)
  • Best Progressive R&B Album (Gemini Rights)


Sam Smith & Kim Petras

Smith is already a four-time winner, while Petras is a Grammy virgin. They made history with their joint nod, as they became the first openly nonbinary (Smith) and transgender (Petras) nominees in the show’s decades-long tenure.

Nominated for one Grammy this year:

  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Unholy”)

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