Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Global pop sensation Kim Petras makes trans history with Grammy nom!

Kim Petras has received her first GRAMMY® nomination in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Unholy,” her #1 global smash hit with Sam Smith, which she also co-wrote.

The song skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Billboard Global 200, the worldwide charts on Spotify and Apple Music, and the UK Official Singles Chart, and recently won an MTV EMA for Video for Good.

The success of “Unholy” not only made the song one of the year’s top pop debuts, but also marked an historic first in LGBTQ+ chart history – Kim and Sam became the first openly transgender solo artist and non-binary solo artist, respectively, to ascend to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and now they are the first to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Kim’s star has been rising since her breakout hit “I Don’t Want It At All,” and she remains committed to advocating for equality and inclusivity as a member of the LGBTQ community—and striking a blow especially for transgender visibility. Kim is the first openly transgender artist in history to perform at the MTV VMAs and EMAs, and top the global charts.

Her latest release, her new, guitar-driven pop single “If Jesus Was A Rockstar,” produced by Max Martin, ILYA and Omer Fedi, sees Kim reflecting on finding her own relationship with spirituality after not feeling welcomed by the institution of religion when she was younger and wondering if more people would embrace religion if it embraced them as she creates her own version of a more inclusive Jesus.

About Kim Petras

Kim Petras has become one of music’s most buzzed-about talents, self-styling a massively dynamic career with a string of critically acclaimed singles and projects, more than a billion global streams, sold-out headline tours of North America and Europe, and lavish praise from major mainstream publications. “If Jesus Was A Rockstar” and “Unholy” follow a summer that included her serendipitously-timed cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” becoming one of the most successful Amazon Originals of 2022, an Amazon mini doc that gave a look behind the scenes of her epic Coachella debut, and joining Christina Aguilera on stage for a show-stopping performance of her song “XXX” from Slut Pop.

After years of triumphing as an entirely independent artist with her larger-than-life magnetism, Petras signed to Republic Records / Amigo Records and began a brand-new era with the release of “Coconuts,” “Future Starts Now” and her sex-positive EP Slut Pop. Kim immediately made a splash with her 2017 break-out single “I Don’t Want It At All” (a #1 hit on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 Chart) and “Heart to Break” soon became her first Top 40 smash. Her 2019 project Clarity featured lead single “Icy.” Her Halloween-themed project TURN OFF THE LIGHT included standout tracks “There Will Be Blood” and “Close Your Eyes” and was followed by her 2020 summer hit “Malibu.” She has also collaborated with the likes of Charli XCX, Kygo, Cheat Codes, Madison Beer, and K/DA and was also personally selected by Ariana Grande to appear on the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack.

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