Sam Smith and Kim Petras make history as first non-binary and transgender artists to reach No. 1

'I just really don’t want to be the last'
Kim Petras and Sam Smith
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By , Audacy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere you’ve heard the Sam Smith and Kim Petras banger “Unholy.” So you’ll find it as absolutely no surprise the track has officially hit No.1 on the Hot 100 Chart, a true milestone, but also a historic accomplishment.

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Dethroning Steve Lacy's "Bad Habit,” Sam and Kim have become the first publicly non-binary and transgender artists to reach the top of the chart.

“I just really don’t want to be the last,” Petras told Billboard of being the first transgender artist to make this mark. “There’s always been incredible and talented trans artists. I’m just happy that Sam gave me the chance to shine here. It feels like people are finally ready for us to succeed, and that fills me with a lot of joy.”

After coming out as non-binary in 2019, Smith, has been dedicated to help encourage the music industry to be more gender neutral, which has included persuading the BRIT Awards to remove gendered awards from its ceremony in 2021.

When recently discussing this change with Billboard, Smith said, “I can speak on behalf of all of my queer friends and say that recognition like that, and just people talking and understanding us like that, is just the best feeling in the world. Because there’s nothing bad happening here, it’s all love. No one’s taking anything from anyone; people are just trying to live in their own skin on this earth.”

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