He meant it.
He’d already made historical past a month prior when, whereas the music was nonetheless driving sturdy on the prime of the charts, he got here out of the closet, making him the one artist to ever try this whereas having a No. 1 document. “Previous City Street” would go on to spend a complete 19 weeks at No. 1 earlier than being dethroned by Billie Eilish‘s “Dangerous Man.” Observe-up single “Panini,” additionally featured on debut EP 7, would peak at No. 5.
After which got here the accolades.
First, there have been eight MTV Video Music Award nominations. He gained two, together with Music of the 12 months, making him the primary LGBTQ artist to take action. His win for Musical Occasion of the 12 months on the 53rd Annual Nation Music Affiliation Awards made him the primary solely homosexual man to ever even be nominated, not to mention the primary LGBTQ artist to win.
After which, after all, got here the Grammys.
Incomes six nominations at this yr’s ceremony, together with Finest New Artist, File of the 12 months and Album of the 12 months, he’d go on two win two: Finest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency and Finest Music Video. Not solely that, however he additionally delivered one of many night time’s most thrilling performances, that includes company from every of the numerous “Previous City Street” remixes, together with Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS and Nas.