Sam Smith and Kim Petras have made history after becoming the first binary and transgender artists on the Billboard Hot 100 with their collaborative song “Unholy.”
Billboard confirmed the pair’s achievement Twitterwriting: “@samsmith & @kimpetras are the first publicly non-binary and transgender artists, respectively, to earn a #1 song on the #Hot100, thanks to ‘Unholy’.”
The bold song about an illicit affair shot to the top of the charts after it was released last month. The accompanying music video has over 29 million views on YouTube.
Although Smith has had eight UK number ones, including the Grammy-winning song “Stay with Me”, this is the only British singer on the Billboard Hot 100.
Petras, a transgender woman, shared the news on her Instagram page, telling her 775,000 followers that she was “so grateful” for the song’s success.
“Sam, right now I can’t thank you enough for being with me for years,” the German pop star wrote. “I’m so excited to be part of your number one in the US, which should be 500 at this point. I love you forever angel Sam”.
Smith told fans on Instagram that they were “gobsmacked, overwhelmed, nationalistic and so happy” after hitting the US number one.
The 30-year-old musician added: “I’m so blessed to work with such amazingly talented musicians and people. And Kim… what magic you are. You’re a treasure and an inspiration to so many. Thank you for jumping in with me.”
“Unholy” is the second single from Smith’s fourth studio album, “Gloria”, which will be released in January.
Smith’s last album was 2020’s “Love Goes,” which spawned hits including “Dancing with a Stranger” and “Diamonds.”
Petras, 30, released her first single “I Don’t Want It at All” in 2017 and her latest project was the “Slut Pop” EP, which she released in February.
In 2019, she told the UK’s Metro channel that although she is a transgender activist, she wants her talent, not her gender, to be the topic of conversation.
“I want to be taken seriously,” he said, “like any other artist, to be judged on the quality of my music, and not on my gender.”