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Lesbian DJ Tracy Young Makes Grammy Herstory

Tracy Young

Tracy Young has made herstory as the first woman to win in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the Grammy Awards.

Young, who has worked more than 25 years in the music industry in remixing and production, won for her Pride radio remix of Madonna's "I Rise."

"We made history, ladies," Young said in her acceptance speech, which took place in a Sunday ceremony prior to the Grammys broadcast. "I proudly accept this on behalf of all female producers who have been overlooked." She also thanked the LGBTQ community in her remarks.

Since the Grammys first launched Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 1998 (that year, the trophy went to Frankie Knuckles, the "Godfather of House Music"), not a single woman has received a nod — a span of over 20 years — until Young.

In a previous interview with The Advocate, Young spoke about the obstacles facing women in the "male-dominated" music industry, including sexism and a lack of mentors. She also noted the significance her win on music's biggest night would send to the world.

"I'm just a girl from Virginia with a love for music. And to have made history and to be Grammy nominee for a Madonna song [tells the world that] if you have a dream and you go for it, you can do it," she said.

In her own career, Young has worked to create remixes of hits by over 100 top artists, including Lady Gaga, Cher, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Madonna, with whom she has 14 collaborations. Over 50 of her tracks have reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Club Chart Hits. 

Tags: Music, Lesbian

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