Hayley Kiyoko aka Lesbian Jesus won Push Artist of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, proving 20GayTeen is alive and well.
The Push Artist of the Year is a new category highlighting emerging artists. Kiyoko beat several other artists like Grace VanderWaal, Noah Cyrus, SZA, and more.
IT'S 20GAYTEEN 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 21, 2018
When Kiyoko won the award before the actual show started, she was equal parts ecstatic, emotional, and grateful.
‘You’re gonna make me cry!’ she exclaimed as she went up to accept the award. ‘I haven’t even met the famous people yet!’
She dedicated her speech to queer women of color and her fans in a moving and progressive moment.
‘This validates any queer women of color that you can follow your dreams,’ she said as she held up the award.
‘And I love my fans. My fans gave this to us. We did it! 20GayTeen! 20GayTeen!’
She also performed her single Curious at the show.
— MTV (@MTV) August 21, 2018
A Big Mood
Fans loved both Kiyoko’s win and her energy.
IM SO PROUD OF YOU @HayleyKiyoko THANK YOU FOR BEING A VOICE FOR QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR I LOVE U SO MUCH AHHHH
— KITTENS (@iamKITTENS) August 21, 2018
They weren’t so happy, however, that Kiyoko lost out on Best New Artist to Cardi B.
i really shouldn’t be surprised that hayley kiyoko, a lesbian who is an advocate for the entire lgbt+ community, lost to cardi b, a known homophobic + transphobic piece of garbage, but i’m still so fucking disappointed
— maddie (@rainbowens) August 21, 2018
— di (@milesfairchlds) August 21, 2018
me (during sex): hurt me
them: Hayley Kiyoko (lesbian Jesus, "20gayteen") lost to Cardi B (transphobe)
them: Panic! at the Disco (who is just Brendon Urie) lost to Imagine Dragons
— finley ↯ leo love bot (@LlKEITORNOT) August 21, 2018