The 2022 Grammys were chock-full of incredible LGBTQ moments.
From red carpet PDA to rainbow-streaked performances, the LGBTQ community showed up in full force last night. Here are some of our favorite moments.
Lil Nas X’s Montero medley
Lil Nas X, who was nominated for five awards last night, performed three songs from his album, Montero, while donning a variety of sparkly outfits.
Always one to call out his critics, Nas’s performance included a powerful moment in which quotes from social media trolls and news outlets were displayed on giant screens criticizing him for his bold, unapologetic way of being.
As Nas’s performance implied, all of the hate he has received only seems to make him stronger.
T.J. Obsorne’s emotional acceptance speech on coming out
As part of the Brothers Osborne, out country star T.J. Osborne won for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song “Younger Me.”
In his acceptance speech, Osborne spoke through tears about how the song was written in response to his coming out.
“I never thought I would be able to do music professionally because of my sexuality, and I certainly never thought I would be here on this stage accepting a Grammy after having done something I felt like was going to be life changing potentially in a very negative way.”
He added that he not only gets to be accepting the award with his brother, but also, “I’m here with the man that I love and who loves me back. I don’t know what I did to be so lucky.”
Brandi Carlile’s rainbow stage
After joyously kissing her wife on the red carpet, Brandi Carlile performed “Right on Time” in front of a massive display of rainbow lights.
— Melissa Isaacs (@MelissaIZX) April 4, 2022
Lada Gaga’s salute to Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have worked together a lot as of late. This year, she dedicated her performances of “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” – from their 2021 jazz album Love For Sale – to him.
The singer’s emotional performance was also accompanied by videos of the duo.
95-year-old Bennett, who has 20 Grammys to his name, has been struggling with Alzheimer’s and did not attend the show, but he and Gaga did win the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
A collective tribute to Stephen Sondheim
Legendary gay composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim passed away late last year, and last night, four stars took to the stage to honor him.
Together, Ben Platt, Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, and Rachel Zegler sang some of Sondheim’s most popular songs in a powerful performance that also honored others in the music business who recently passed.
Ben Platt, Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo, and Leslie Odom, Jr. perform #Somewhere from West Side Story and show what real talent sounds like at the #TheGrammys in memory of Stephen Sondheim and other artists we have lost.#GRAMMYs #GrammyAwards pic.twitter.com/3Q4d5OwDwG
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) April 4, 2022