Sam Smith And Kim Petras Are The First Openly `Trans/Non-Binary Artists To Reach #1 On Billboard Hot 100

The duo has made LGBTQ+ history this week.


Billboard Chart history has been made thanks to pop superstars Sam Smith and Kim Petras! Earlier this week, Billboard announced its new top ten Hot 100 chart songs for the week with the duo’s new song Unholy finally garnering the top spot on the chart. For the past several weeks, Unholy has been hovering around the top 5 song slots while fans, and the LGBTQ+ community alike, patiently waited for the pop duet to officially go #1. The two songs that served as heavy competition for Unholy were Steve Lacey’s hit Bad Habit as well as Harry Styles’ song of the summer As it Was, of course. 

The historic aspect about Unholy going #1 is the fact that in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history, there has never been an openly non-binary or transgender artist to ever reach the top spot of the chart. This makes this feat by Smith and Petras an extremely profound and victorious moment for all transgender and non-cisgender music artists to be able to actually visualize their dreams and aspirations of making it big in the music industry. 

Despite the fact that they have garnered an impressive level of success throughout the past decade, this is still Sam Smith’s first #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their many previous hits include Stay With Me, Dancing With a Stranger, and Too Good at Goodbyes. As for pop princess Kim Petras, she has been very well known in the niche, underground pop community for years now. She has had success with viral bubblegum pop songs like Don’t Want it at All, Icy, and Coconuts. However, the songstress had not managed to crossover into the mainstream pop world, that is until now! Unholy marks her first entry ever into the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it seems as though this is just the beginning of her newfound level of stardom.


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