Queer artists won big at the Grammy Awards & stole the show on the red carpet

Lil Nas X in a pink leather cowboy ensemble

Lil Nas X in a pink leather cowboy ensemblePhoto: YouTube Screenshot/Recording Academy

LGBTQ artists and performers won big at last night’s Grammy Awards… and brought some amazing cowboy outfits to the red carpet.

Lil Nas X – who came out last year as he was topping the charts – picked up the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Award and the Best Music Video for his 2019 hit “Old Town Road.” He also performed the hit song and “Rodeo” with Billy Ray Cyrus, Korean boy band BTS, yodeler Mason Ramsey, and a bunch of other famous performers.

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Out DJ Tracy Young picked up the Best Remixed Recording Award for “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix),” a remix of Madonna’s “I Rise.” She’s the first woman and the first lesbian to win the award in this category.

“We made history, ladies,” said Young during her acceptance speech. “I proudly accept this on behalf of all female producers who have been overlooked.”

Brandi Carlile, who came out in 2002, was one of the co-writers of the Tanya Tucker song “Bring My Flowers Now,” which won Best Country Song. Carlile and Tucker performed the song at the awards show.

Lady Gaga picked up the award for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “I’ll Never Love Again” from the Star Is Born soundtrack and the award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for that same soundtrack.

Out performer Demi Lovato sang “Anyone” at the awards show.

But another show happened before all the performances and it was on the red carpet. Billy Porter showed up with a crystal, motorized hat.


Lil Nas X turned heads with a pink leather suit from Versace, a nod to his country hit from last year.

Diplo – the music producer who has been very public about questioning his sexuality –  showed up with country singer Orville Peck as his date for the evening. Peck, who wears masks in public, identifies as queer.

“We love each other,” Diplo said of their friendship on the red carpet.

Both Diplo and Peck kept the cowboy theme going.

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