Written by Sam Manzella and Chris Rudolph
Last night’s 61st annual Grammy Awards were jam-packed with LGBTQ appeal, including performances from out artists (and nominees/winners!) Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, and St. Vincent. #TwentyGayTeen truly delivered, folks.
Below, we break down six of the queerest moments from the 2019 Grammys, in no particular order. Let us know if you think this year’s Grammys were the gayest yet. We’re leaning toward a “yes!”
Ricky Martin, AKA Gay DILF of the YearAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
Martin, who performed Camila Cabello’s hit single “Havana” alongside J Balvin, Young Thug, and Cabello herself, walked the Red Carpet with his 10-year-old son, Matteo. That little leather jacket, though! Cue the collective “aww’s”—but don’t get too excited, ’cause Martin is very much off the market (and raising a fam with hubbie Jwan Yosef.) – SM
Kacey Musgraves making us taste the “Rainbow”
Our country queen Kacey Musgraves swept the night, winning all four of the awards she was up for—including Album of the Year for Golden Hour. Early in the evening’s telecast she performed a stunning rendition of her album’s gorgeous closing track, “Rainbow,” which cast a literal rainbow over the audience. Pride Month has officially begun, Kacey said so. – CR
That Dua Lipa x St. Vincent duetGIPHY
Lingering shoulder touches? Smoldering glances? Palpable BDE, AKA Big Dyke Energy? I am so here for this, even if Dua Lipa doesn’t actually ID as LGBTQ. (St. Vincent does, but come on, you knew that. How could you not?) Anyway, if you need me, I’ll be recovering from this hot AF Grammys performance for the rest of this week. Byeee. – SM
Dolly Parton’s fit-for-a-queen tributeKevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
National treasure, Dolly Parton, was named the MusiCares Person of the Year, and she was honored during this year’s telecast with an all-star tribute featuring some of the biggest names in music like Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, and Little Big Town performing some of Dolly’s biggest hits.
Not only that, but Dolly actually joined them onstage to sing in her own tribute. She’s a national treasure for a reason! – CR
Literally every single moment of Janelle Monáe’s screentimeAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
Just when I think Janelle Monáe has absolutely crushed the game, she outdoes herself, in true icon fashion. Speaking of fashion—this lewk! Nobody does a bold shoulder like this Dirty Computer goddess. And we have to talk about that “Make Me Feel” performance, because this pansexual icon definitely makes me feel every feel in the book.
Don’t tell my co-writer, Chris, Kacey Musgraves’ biggest stan, but Janelle was absolutely, 210% robbed of her Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Music Video. Sure, Golden Hour was good, but it was no #BlackGirlMagic magnum opus. And, look, I’m still not over “Pynk.” Sorry, Chris! – SM
Brandi Carlile’s emotional acceptance speech
Out folk rocker, Brandi Carlile, got some recognition from the Recording Academy this year when she was honored with six Grammy nominations for her album, By the Way, I Forgive You. She delivered an stunning performance of “The Joke” during the CBS telecast.
But it was her acceptance speech for winning Best American Roots Song—before the ceremony—where she spoke about coming out as a teen: “I came out of the closet at 15 years old when I was in high school, and I can assure I was never invited to any parties and was never got to attend a dance. To be embraced by this enduring and loving community has been the dance of a lifetime. Thank you for being my island.” – CR