Year In Music 2018

#20GAYTEEN Timeline: 21 Best LGBTQ Music Moments of the Year

Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monáe & Troye Sivan
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Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monáe & Troye Sivan

Since Hayley Kiyoko’s “#20GAYTEEN” hashtag went viral on New Year’s Day, 2018 has been exactly that, as LGBTQ musicians dominated the charts, magazine covers and runways.

Jan. 20

Troye Sivan performs “My My My!” and “The Good Side” on Saturday Night Live.   

Jan. 27

Halsey’s “Bad at Love,” on which she sings of male and female love interests, peaks at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

March 15

Trixie Mattel wins RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 and releases her second album, the folksy One Stone.

April 26

Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual in her Rolling Stone cover story.

May 8

At the BMI Pop Awards, Teddy Geiger makes her first public appearance since coming out as transgender.    

June 1     

Ariana Grande writes a love letter to the LGBTQ community: “I hope to create anthems for you that wrap you up with comfort and make you get your best life for as long as I live.”  

Dave Meyers
Ariana Grande

June 3

Pose debuts on FX with the most trans actors, including Mj Rodriguez, in regular roles on a series.

Peppermint becomes the first openly trans woman to originate a lead in a Broadway musical with Head Over Heels.

July 6

Brendon Urie comes out as pansexual in an interview with Paper magazine.

July 14

Drag queen Blair St. Clair tops the Dance/Electronic Albums Sales chart with Call My Life.

July 19

Jason Mraz opens up about his experiences with men and women in Billboard.

July 28

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds’ annual LoveLoud concert raises over $1 million for LGBTQ youth.

Aug. 20

Hayley Kiyoko wins an MTV Video Music Award for PUSH artist of the year and performs on the show.

Sept. 9

Christina Aguilera performs “Fall in Line” with Farrah Moan during Opening Ceremony’s New York Fashion Week show, curated by 2017 RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour.

Sept. 15

Shea Diamond performs in front of former Vice President Joe Biden at a Human Rights Campaign event.

Sept. 21

Diplo, Dua Lipa and Pabllo Vittar speak out against anti-LGBTQ Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro on social media.

Sept. 27

Brockhampton, whose de facto frontman, Kevin Abstract, is openly gay, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Iridescence.

Oct. 1

Kim Petras releases Halloween-themed mixtape Turn Off the Light, Vol. 1, which features a guest appearance from Elvira.

Oct. 12

After announcing her pregnancy, Kehlani reminds Twitter trolls that queer women can have babies.

Oct. 17

Justin Tranter hosts a fundraiser for GLAAD at which queer songwriters Sarah Aarons and Cameron Forbes perform hits they co-wrote: “The Middle” by Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris, and “Taste” by Tyga and Offset, respectively.

Nov. 2

The Freddie Mercury-inspired Bohemian Rhapsody has the all-time second-biggest opening for a music biopic, earning $72 million internationally its first weekend.

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Rami Malek as rock icon Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 15 issue of Billboard.

Billboard Year in Music 2018