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Hayley Kiyoko’s VMA Win Is for “Queer Women of Color”

20GayTeen wins again!

Of all the memorable moments at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, one of the most iconic was singer Hayley Kiyoko winning the first ever MTV VMAs Push Artist of the Year.

Kiyoko won over a slew of other talented artists, including Chloe x Halle, Khalid, Sigrid, SZA, Grace VanderWaal, and Why Don’t We. She shared the triumphant moment during her acceptance speech, dedicating her win to queer women of color like herself.

“This validates any queer woman of color, that you can follow your dreams. And I love my fans. My fans gave this to us. We did it, 20GayTeen!” she shouted out from the red carpet.

Fans took to social media to share their own excitement over the singer’s victory:

Though Kiyoko would lose the award for Best New Artist to Cardi B, her win for Push Artist of the Year is a major step for her, and for queer artists everywhere.

Watch Kiyoko, aka “Lesbian Jesus,” accept the award in the video below.
 

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