With the Brit Awards airing tonight, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the LGBTI moments the defined the British award show.
And the nominations of this season’s are some of the queerest yet.
Anne-Marie is the most nominated artist, alongside Dua Lipa, with four nominations.
Jess Glynne, Janelle Monáe, Years & Years, and Sam Smith also feature in the nominations.
Through the 41 years since the first award was given, the Brits have been a staple in queer pop history.
As the guests powder their noses and prep their vocal chords, here are seven LGBTI moments in Brit Award history:
1 Wham! and Elton John won Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, 1986
Does it get any more aggressively gay than this? The late George Michael and his band and Elton John showed they’re still standing.
2 Samantha Fox joined the stage with Mick Fleetwood, 1989
She, small, lesbian and electrically pink-haired. He, tall, fresh from The Running Man and long-haired. Together, absolutely no chemistry.
3 Queen won the Outstanding Contribution Award, 1990
Freddie Mercury was reserved when he and the band accepted the award in what became his final public appearance onstage.
4 Elton John and RuPaul duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, 1994
With spotlights splashing across the stage, Elton went Dad Dancing level 100 as he sung with drag legend RuPaul.
5 Gay music icons who fell off the face of the Earth opened the Brits, 1999
Remember B*Witched? Billie? Steps? Cleopatra? Tina Cousins? ABBA? Ok, you remember ABBA. Well, the team of five 90s pop princesses performed Thank Abba For The Music.
6 Scissor Sisters perform Take Your Mama, 2005
It was no struggle livin’ like a good boy oughta for Jake Sears, whose band totally dominated the ceremony. International Best Album, Best International Breakthrough Act and International Group. I hope the flea flamingo returns in 2019.
7 Pet Shop Boys win big and celebrate with 10-minute power medley, 2009
As the quintessentially gay 80s act won Outstanding Achievement Award, a sequinned Lady Gaga and The Killers feather-wearing frontman, Brandon Flowers helped them sung their greatest hits in a 10-minute medley.