LGBTQ artists make history at the 61st Grammy Awards

The 61st Grammys took place in Los Angeles tonight live on CBS, and included history making wins for Brandi Carlile and Lady Gaga, as well as Grammy wins for several other LGBTQ artists.

Out country singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile – the night’s most nominated woman artist – took home the Grammy in Best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You. This is Carlile’s second nomination in the category, which was first presented in 2010, and she is the first LGBTQ person to win it. Carlile also won the awards in Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for “The Joke.” She is the first LGBTQ person to win in Best American Roots Song, a category first awarded in 2014.

Lady Gaga won the Grammy in Best Pop Solo Performance for the track “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?).” This is Gaga’s third nomination in the category, which was introduced in 2012, and she is the first LGBTQ person to win in the category. Gaga also took home Grammys in Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shallow,” the A Star is Born duet she co-wrote and performed.

"LGBTQ women like Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, St. Vincent, and Lady Gaga took center stage tonight at the Grammy Awards in an unprecedented and inspiring way," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "This year's out winners not only entertain the masses with their talents, but also use art to educate the masses and empower queer youth everywhere. The Recording Academy is making good on their commitment to include diverse artists and tonight's awards should be a signal to the entire music industry that audiences and critics alike celebrate LGBTQ musicians. "

Last week, GLAAD partnered with the Recording Academy, Out magazine, and The Ally Coalition for a first-ever of its kind star-packed Grammy week panel titled "Empowered: LGBTQ + Voices in Music."

Out writer and performer St. Vincent picked up the Grammy for Best Rock Song for “Masseduction” which she co-wrote and performed. Her album also won Best Recording Package.

Out songwriter Benj Pasek won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media as part of the team who worked on The Greatest Showman. Shane McAnally, out songwriter and frequent Kacey Musgraves collaborator, took home a Grammy in Best Country Song for co-writing Musgraves’ “Space Cowboy.”

The night also featured performances from LGBTQ stars including Janelle Monáe who performed her track “Make Me Feel" during which she switched up the lyrics to the song to include both "boy you make me feel" and "girl you make me feel." Carlile played her Grammy-winning song "The Joke," St. Vincent performed her Grammy-winning track "Masseduction" and "One Kiss" with Dua Lipa, and Gaga performed her Grammy award-winning and Oscar-nominated track "Shallow." Ricky Martin appeared in Camila Cabello’s “Havana” performance, and Miley Cyrus joined Shawn Mendes for his song “In My Blood” and also performed “Jolene," "After the Gold Rush,” and "9 to 5" with Dolly Parton during the night’s tribute to her.

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