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Sam Smith and Kim Petras Make LGBTQ History on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart: NPR


Kim Petras and Sam Smith perform onstage during the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena this September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Sam Smith and Kim Petras Make LGBTQ History on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart: NPR

Kim Petras and Sam Smith perform onstage during the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena this September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Sam Smith and Kim Petras became the first openly non-binary solo artist and the first openly transgender solo artist, respectively, to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 song chart.

Their song “Unholy” debuted at No. 3 on October 8 and spent two weeks at No. 2 before topping Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” on Monday. The song earned both artists their first No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, with Smith’s “Stay with Me” reaching No. 2 in 2014.

“I really don’t want to be the last,” Petras told Billboard last week of her then-No. 2 spot on the Hot 100 chart. “There have always been amazing, talented trans artists.”

She pointed to trans artist SOPHIE, who helped usher in a new era of electronic pop music, and others like Amanda Lear and Ayesha Erotica whom she admired.

“This same story keeps repeating itself for trans girls who have made outstanding music and been pushed under the rug while someone else takes credit for it,” she said. “I’m just happy that Sam gave me the chance to shine here. I hope I can help break the cycle. I feel like people are finally ready for us to succeed, and that fills me with joy.”

“Unholy” is the German artist’s first Hot 100 entry. Petras has also toured with Camila Cabello, Charli XCX and Rita Ora.

Six other songs by Smith reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 chart, including “Too Good at Goodbyes”, “I’m Not the Only One”, and “Dancing with a Stranger” featuring Normani.

Billboard’s Hot 100 songs are determined based on a mix of data including streaming, sales, and radio airplay.

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