Kim Petras won her first Grammy award Sunday for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside Sam Smith for their platinum hit “Unholy,” which Petras cowrote with Smith.
“I grew up next to a highway in Germany. My mother believed me that I was a girl,” Petras said in her acceptance speech. “I wouldn’t be here without her and her support.”
The dance-pop singer received a standing ovation while accepting the award.
It was a groundbreaking win for a song that made chart history, Petras and Smith also are the first openly transgender solo artist and non-binary solo artist, respectively, to ascend to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Earlier in the evening, Petras made her Grammy stage debut with “Unholy.” She was in a cage encircled in fire and flanked by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstars Violet Chachki and Gottmik.
Kim Petras recently made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” – emerging from under Smith’s dress for a performance of “Unholy.”
Between 2016 and 2020, Petras released music as an independent artist under her own imprint, BunHead Records. She appeared at numerous Pride festivals, including LA Pride on 2018, and gay nightclubs to promote her songs.
Kim Petras signed with Amigo and Republic Records in 2021.
She released the 7-track EP “Slut Pop” in 2022.
Petras and Smith will perform “Unholy” at the BRIT Awards Feb. 11, where they are nominated for “Song of the Year.”
“Unholy” is also nominated for “Best Collaboration” at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.
Billboard’s Women In Music will honor Kim with the Chartbreaker Award in March.
Petras’ latest single is “brrr.” She performed the track last month on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”