The 7 Queerest Moments At The 2018 Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga, Elton John, Patti LuPone, and more.

The Grammy Awards on Sunday offered plenty of moments for LGBT viewers. Here’s seven of our most favorite.

  1. LCD Soundsystem wins with “Tonite.”

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    The Brooklyn band previous received a nomination for “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House,” but took home their first Grammy for “Tonite,” which won Best Dance Recording. Joining them on stage was synth player Gavin Rayna Russom, who came out as trans in July 2017.

    “I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it’s on the front burner,” she told Pitchfork. “Now it’s time to become a whole person.”

  2. Kesha honors the #MeToo Movement.

    There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when LGBT ally Kesha invited other female pop stars onstage to stand with the #MeToo movement. Though she didn’t take home any awards, her 2017 single, “Praying,” was up for consideration—and was widely regarded to be directed at producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual abuse.

  3. Miley Cyrus and Elton John nail “Tiny Dancer.”

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    Cyrus joined forces with John, who recently announced his final tour, to perform the 1972 chart-topper. Cyrus took to Twitter after the show to share her excitement: “I’ve loved every moment I’ve spent with you over the years and will cherish each second of your kindness. Let’s kick ass and keep fighting for an end to the AIDS epidemic!”

  4. Patti LuPone gives us full “Evita.”

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    LuPone and fellow Tonywinner Ben Platt performed a medley of Broadway hits honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. LuPone, who won a Tony for her performance in the 1979 original Broadway production of Evita, delivered an electrifying performance of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”

  5. Dan Reynolds discussed the Mormon Church’s homophobia.

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    The Imagine Dragons frontman, who has previously apologized for proselytizing against LGBT people as a young Mormon, spoke about his new documentary, Believer, on the red carpet. The film addresses the Latter Day Saints efforts to ostracize gay people.

    “I was raised Mormon,” he told E! News. “I still am Mormon and it’s a broken culture.”

  6. Lady Gaga performs “Joanne.”

    Gaga performed stirring renditions of “Million Reasons” and “Joanne,” dedicating the latter to her late aunt, for whom the song is named.

    “This is for love and compassion even when you can’t understand,” Gaga said onstage.

  7. Sam Smith brings boyfriend Brandon Flynn.

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    The Grammy winner brought his boyfriend, 13 Reasons Why, to the awards show. After posing for a star-studded pic with Lorde and Camila Cabello, Smith performed “Pray,” off The Thrill of It All.

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