By Ben Johnson
The Washington Stand
The 56th annual Grammy Awards formally aimed to honor Smokey Robinson and Barry Gordy, but the lifetime achievement award went to Lucifer.
Overshadowing the reunion of Motown legends Robinson and Stevie Wonder was a lesser duo of Sam Smith and Kim Petras singing the Grammy-winning duet “Unholy,” which celebrates adultery. Smith emerged before a fiery backdrop, wearing horns, surrounded by dancers, and bathed in red light nearly as demonic-looking as the backdrop of President Biden’s speech at Independence Hall in September 2022.
Smith was soon joined by Kim Petras, whose birth name was Tim before taking hormone injections at age 12 and undergoing gender-transition surgery four years later. Petras’s latest EP is titled “Slut Pop”; Smith, who identifies as nonbinary, released a viral social media video that doubled as a burlesque performance shortly after performing at the White House celebration of Biden’s signing the Disrespect for Marriage Act. Smith and Petras were introduced by Madonna, who bore an uncanny resemblance to New York City’s Satanic statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After the segment, host Trevor Noah mocked Christians silly enough to pray for the attendees’ souls out of concern the Grammys had celebrated “the actual devil.”