Sam Smith and “Unholy” collaborator Kim Petras recently outdid themselves on “Saturday Night Live” with a version inspired by a horror flick. Before shifting to Petras dancing in a cage, three dominatrices dressed in demonic headgear flanked her on either side as she started the song in red leather, accompanied by a fleet of dancers dressed in the style of Samara from “The Ring.” Smith sported a diabolical top hat as the stage burst into flames.
Earlier in the evening, Smith and Petras won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance, with Petras giving an emotional victory speech.
“Sam generously wants me to collect this award since I’m the first transgender woman to earn this honour,” she remarked, amid cheers. Many of the artists in the crowd applauded her. “I just wanted to thank all of the incredible transgender legends that came before me and hammered on these doors to get me in tonight. Sophie, my late friend who always believed in me and told me that this was going to happen, died two years ago. Sophie’s drive inspires me much. I appreciate you, and your music will always influence mine.
When asked about the fierce performance backstage, Petras said that it was inspired by a lack of religious acceptability.
“It’s a twist on not being able to choose religion,” she said. And being unable to live your life as people want you to.
For “In the Lonely Hour,” the best new artist album, the record of the year, and the song of the year honours for “Stay With Me,” Smith took home four Grammys in 2015.
Petras hid beneath Smith’s puffy pink frock during a chunk of the duo’s “SNL” performance two weeks ago. The two did, however, return to the stage together to perform their big song. The duo of gay musicians made history for the LGBTQ community when their collaborative hit, “No. 1,” debuted at the top of the Hot 100 chart.
Smith made their debut at the 2015 event by performing “Stay With Me,” the Grammy-winning hit from their first album “In the Lonely Hour,” for the first time.
Despite releasing two studio albums and four EPs, including her most recent EP “Slut Pop,” Petras has gotten her first nomination, despite Smith’s seventh nomination. They competed against ABBA for “Don’t Shut Me Down,” Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran for “Bam Bam,” Coldplay and BTS for “My Universe,” and Post Malone and Doja Cat for “I Like You” for best pop duo/group performance (A Happier Song).