German popstar Kim Petras has paid tribute to ground-breaking producer SOPHIE in her acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards.
Petras won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside Sam Smith for their collaboration ‘Unholy’. Upon taking the stage to accept the award, Smith let Petras take over the mic for the full speech.
Sam Smith & Kim Petras: ‘Unholy’
“Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” Petras began, before the entire auditorium rose for a standing ovation. “I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight.”
“SOPHIE especially, my friend who passed away two years ago who told me this would happen and always believed in me,” she continued. “Thank you so much for your inspiration, SOPHIE. I adore you and your inspiration will always be in my music.”
She also thanked Madonna for “fighting for LGBTQ rights”, adding that she wouldn’t be here without the legendary popstar. She finished up by thanking her mother: “I grew up next to a highway in nowhere Germany and my mother believed me that I was a girl and I wouldn’t be here without her and her support,” Petras said.
SOPHIE, who pioneered the hyper-pop movement, died in 2021 after an accident in Athens. You can watch Petras’ speech in full below.
This speech from Kim Petras got me good 😭 pic.twitter.com/HTxovNVGvQ #Grammys2023
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