Paramount – Top 10 Music Artists 2023

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In alphabetical order

This category is for LGBT+ community’s favourite music artists and looked for musicians who are either LGBT+, or who have proven to be strong advocates of the LGBT+ community.

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Anne-Marie

In the words of her hit single Perfect, “I’ll love who I love, because this love is gender-free.” Anne-Marie has long focused her art on an inclusive audience. The 10-time Brit Award nominee and Billboard Award contender made it known that she is not only a proponent of LGBT+ issues, but is a member of the community herself. A judge and coach on The Voice, she has a longstanding music career which has seen her collaborate with a number of global superstars.

Beabadoobee

Beatrice Laus, known professionally as Beabadoobee, is a Brit Award-nominated singer-songwriter. Her debut album Fake It Flowers was released to critical acclaim, reaching the top 10. The artist, who identifies as bisexual, is known to her fans for her indie-rock, bedroom-pop hybrid sound and her emotive lyrics. She joined The 1975 on tour last year and is set to support Taylor Swift later this year.

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Becky Hill

Brit Award winner Becky Hill found fame after appearing on the first series of the BBC’s The Voice. In 2014 she became the first – and only – contestant from the show so far to score a UK number 1, with song Gecko (Overdrive) featuring Oliver Heldens. Announcing on social media that she identified as queer, Hill has five UK Top 10s to her name and a further Brit Award nomination for British Song of the Year Remember featuring David Guetta.

Cat Burns

Burns launched herself into the mainstream through her viral TikTok single Go last year. Since then, she has made a name for herself with a gospel and guitar-led indie sound. Burns has previously opened up to her fans about her queer identity and has long been a loud and proud supporter and advocate for the LGBT+ community.

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Jessie Ware

Ware rose to prominence following the release of her debut album Devotion in 2012, which was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. She has since released three albums to critical acclaim and most recently supported Harry Styles on tour. Alongside her extensive musical success, Ware is known for her allyship and advocacy, previously being a guest judge on Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and working closely with Unicef UK on the refugee crisis.

Lizzo

Singer, rapper and talented flautist Lizzo has long been a supporter of those with mental health issues, the body positivity movement and LGBT+ issues, being proactive in her approach to these conversations. Named by Queerty as one of the Pride50 Stonewall Riot commemoration’s ‘trailblazing individuals’, Lizzo has a strong LGBT+ following – and for good reason. From performing at Pride concerts to having open conversations and interacting with her Lizzbian fanbase, Lizzo has marked herself out over the past few years as a true advocate for the LGBT+ community.

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Måneskin

This Grammy-nominated rock band first shot to fame by winning 2021’s Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, they have been outspoken advocates for the LGBT+ community, with members Damiano and Thomas recently kissing on stage in Poland in support of LGBT+ rights in the country. They have also spoken out about LGBT+ issues in their home country of Italy, calling out the defeated LGBT+ hate crime bill, stating that “Everyone needs to stand up” for diversity and inclusion.

Mika

Mika has had an incredible career so far spanning music, fashion, radio and TV, and is undeniably a queer legend. He came out publicly in 2012, unfortunately after facing much public pressure to do so. Reflecting on this, Mika stated that “sexuality, sexualised themes and gender themes were so present in music, and have always been so intrinsically a part of my writing.” Mika has truly embodied this in his fifth studio album My Name is Michael Holbrook, with the single Sanremo, which is about a married man in an era when homosexuality was still criminalised.

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Rina Sawayama

Musician and model Rina Sawayama has been applauded for her bracing and modern approach to both the music she creates and being outspoken about LGBT+ issues. Since first opening up publicly about her bi/pansexuality in 2018 in a Broadly interview, Sawayama has become an advocate for issues facing the community, especially in regards to conversion therapy. In July 2020, she signed an open letter to then-Equalities Minister Liz Truss calling for a ban on the practice. Sawayama has juggled her music career and activism alongside multiple university degrees.

Yungblud

Dominic Harrison, known professionally as Yungblud, is a Brit Awards nominee with two UK number 1 albums under his belt. The alternative singer has made a name for himself not only for his lucrative musical career, but also for his advocacy and efforts to uplift underrepresented communities. He was supporter of the anti-gun violence March For Our Lives rally and speaks out frequently about his sexuality and issues facing the LGBT+ community, recently painting a rainbow flag on the streets of Poland in retaliation to the country’s treatment of the LGBT+ community. His recent single Mars was inspired by an encounter he had with a trans fan.

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