“There are songs that are inherently gay, and there are songs that accidentally become gay icons,” Trixie Mattel declared at her Billboard Live At-Home performance on June 12, 2020 introducing the first song to her livestreamed set. Mattel joined the series in celebration of the Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Pride Summit, a LGBTQ+ community celebration featuring performances, drag, artist cameos, glam sessions, queer conversations and more.
America’s most hilarious drag queen playfully responded to her loyal fans as the comments poured in, calling fans out by name, answering questions about her outfit, her make-up look (she wore Marshmallow Sparkles from the Trixie Cosmetics essentials) and her brightly lit pink house. “Pride alone in your house wearing glitter with a rainbow outfit on, is a vibe,” Mattel said.
Throughout the 20-minute livestream Mattel casually but skillfully strummed her guitar and played 3 pride favorites in honor of the celebration. She started with a sassy, upbeat cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” one of her favorite songs and an iconic track to the gay community.
Next up was, “Malibu,” a Mattel original from her recently released album, Barbara. “Moving to California really inspired me to write a lot of really bright, sunny, happy, upbeat music,” Mattel explained. “You can tell on Barbara I’m a lot bouncier and sunnier and sugarier — there’s something about California that just creates that.” She wrote the track for her boyfriend about a fun day-off where they could escape to Malibu.
While debating what song to close the set with, Mattel announced her single “Stranger” was being released that very day. The track is a collaboration with gay-icon Patrick Haggerty and every cent made by the song is being donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
Ultimately, Mattel was inspired to end with Cher’s classic love anthem, “Believe.” “My earliest, gayest memories are sitting with my Aunt Cathy and watching the DVD concerts of Cher,” Mattel said. “Because Cher is not just gay, she’s everything.”
After a fun and upbeat set, Mattel signed off, thanking her fans, Billboard and Mercedes-Benz. “I am so happy for the magic of the internet, that you can still have a drag queen at your access during Pride.”
If you enjoyed this performance, tune in on Friday June 26 for another live set from Hayley Kiyoko. The LGBTQ+ star will join Billboard Live At-Home for a special performance in honor of World Pride Day.