October 4, 2023

Sam Smith and Kim Petras Deliver Intense Performance of ‘Unholy’ at Grammys with Satanic Themes

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Kim Petras and Sam Smith backstage

Sam Smith and Kim Petras raised the bar with their latest performance on “Saturday Night Live”. The duo, fresh off their Grammy win for best pop duo/group performance, delivered a visually stunning, horror movie-inspired rendition of their hit song “Unholy“.

Smith kicked off the performance decked out in red leather, surrounded by a group of dancers reminiscent of Samara from “The Ring”. The scene then shifted to Petras dancing in a cage, guarded by dominatrices sporting demonic headpieces. 

Smith added to the ominous atmosphere with a devilish top hat as the stage was set ablaze with huge flames. Petras delivered an impassioned speech earlier in the evening after their Grammy win.

What Kim Petras said about Sam Smith?

Petras took the stage to accept the award on behalf of the duo and made a powerful statement, “Sam kindly offered for me to accept this award, being the first transgender woman to receive it,” she said, eliciting cheers and a standing ovation from many musicians in attendance. 

“I want to express my gratitude to all of the amazing transgender pioneers who paved the way for me to be here tonight. A special shoutout to my dear friend Sophie who passed away two years ago, who predicted this moment and always believed in me. Your inspiration will always be a part of my music, thank you and I love you.”

About Sam Smith

Sam Smith successful music career was highlighted by their four Grammy wins in 2015, including Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album for “In the Lonely Hour,” Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me”.

Recently, the duo made an impactful appearance on “Saturday Night Live” where Petras made a playful appearance underneath Smith’s pink, fluffy dress. The two stepped onto the stage together to perform their hit song, setting a historic milestone as LGBTQ artists reaching the No.1 spot on the Hot 100 chart with their collaboration.

Smith’s performance on Sunday night marked a return to the Grammy stage, as it followed their first appearance at the awards ceremony in 2015, where they sang their award-winning song “Stay With Me” from their debut album “In the Lonely Hour”.

Kim Petras First Recognition

Although this marks Smith’s seventh Grammy nomination, Petras received her first recognition after releasing two studio albums and four EPs, including her latest release “Slut Pop”. The duo was nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category along with ABBA for “Don’t Shut Me Down,” Camila Cabello featuring Ed Sheeran for “Bam Bam,” Coldplay and BTS for “My Universe,” and Post Malone and Doja Cat for “I Like You (A Happier Song)”.

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