7 LGBTQI+ artists nominated for the 2023 Grammys

Grammy nominations announced earlier this week, which means we’re officially in awards season. As usual, the gay artists turned in a great performance, coming in and picking up a ton of nominations, even in the biggest categories. This year’s top nominee was the queer icon Beyoncewhich garnered nine, bringing her to a total of 88 nominations, tying her husband Jay Z in the largest number of nominations in Grammy history.

But beyond the legends followed by the LGBTQI+ community, this year paid off very well for queer artists: three of the nominees for the Best New Artist category are LGBTQI+, and kim petras He also earned his first Grammy nomination for his amazing song with sam smith, Unholy, in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. “Omg I might be a tranny with a grammy,” he tweeted on nominations day. So if you want to know who we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for on February 5, 2023 when the 65th Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles, read on for some of the most notable queer artists this year.

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Omar Apollo

Starting our list of LGBTQI+ nominees we have one of the finalists in the Best New Artist category: Omar Apollo. Apollo sings his songs in English and Spanish and is still relatively new with only one officially released album. In an interview with Variety, Apollo referred to his membership in LGBTQ+ Generation Z, stating that “this generation of queer kids doesn’t want to label themselves, and I think that’s for the best… There’s no need for labels… Queer is, in my opinion, a good label, if we are going to label it”.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras

The two LGBTQI+ singers have been wowing the world with their #1 hit, unholy, and now they’re set to make history at the 2023 Grammys. Their song will compete for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. This will be Smith’s seventh Grammy nomination, while Petras will celebrate his first Grammy nomination at the ceremony. Even before that, Smith and Petras, who are non-binary and trans respectively, earned the accolade of being the first NB and trans artists to have a number one song in America.

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kaytranada

Kaytranada, who has already won the Grammy twice, has another chance to win an award. The Canadian producer, who is openly gay, is nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Recording alongside HER for their joint court intimidatedalthough the trophy will probably go to break my soul of Beyonce. kaytranada He already opted for three Grammys in 2021, including Best New Artist, and managed to sweep the dance / electronic fields.

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Måneskin

the queer band Måneskin will bring Italian rock to the awards show stage. They’ve won a handful of music awards in recent years, but this is their first Grammy nomination. They’re in the running for Best New Artist alongside a handful of other incredible emerging talents. For those who are paying attention, the bassist victoria angelis identifies as bisexual and the drummer ethan torchio calls himself “sexually free,” according to the magazine attitude.

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steve lacy

the singer of bad habit and former member of the musical collective The Internet is openly bisexual and has earned four nominations this year. That hit single was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance; the album it is a part of, Gemini Rights, it was also nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album.

Anitta

Although the Brazilian singer has had a decade of career in Brazil and around the world and has been nominated for the Latin Grammys, this year she is opting for the Best New Artist category. Plus, she’s loud and proudly bisexual, having starred on the cover of Gay Times.

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7 LGBTQI+ artists nominated for the 2023 Grammys