Liniker Turns into the First Trans Artist to Win a Latin Grammy

Historical past was made on the 2022 Latin Grammys when Brazilian singer Liniker turned the primary trans artist to win an award. “Hi there, I’m Liniker, a Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress, [and] right now one thing historic is going on within the historical past of my nation,” she mentioned on stage whereas accepting the award for finest MPB (música well-liked brasileira) album. “It’s the first time {that a} transgender artist has gained a Grammy.” Liniker cried because the viewers gave her an enthusiastic standing ovation.

“One thing historic is going on.”

Later within the night time, Liniker shared extra of her emotions with followers on social media. “What an enormous, essential and vital house the report of my desires reached,” Liniker wrote on Nov. 17 by way of Instagram. “This award is the results of loads of dedication, work and a beautiful workforce that constructed all of this with me. Finest Música Common Brasileira album. I am immensely pleased!”

Liniker’s profitable “Indigo Borboleta Anil” is her first-ever solo album, and it bears samba, soul, and reggae influences. The 27-year-old began making music lengthy earlier than her Grammy-winning album, nevertheless, main a band known as Liniker e os Caramelows. Since then, her music has developed from a mere ardour into an act of empowerment, particularly in her house nation of Brazil, the place the trans group faces an excessive amount of discrimination and bigotry underneath the present administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.

In accordance with Univision, the United Nations elected Liniker as an Ambassador for Equality again in 2019 for her LGBTQ+ advocacy, and he or she continues to talk out concerning the significance of trans illustration. “We stay in a really tough nation,” Liniker mentioned in an interview with Gayles.TV in October 2019. “We started to acknowledge ourselves and wish to go away as a result of we didn’t have illustration.”

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