Troye Sivan gets his first-time Grammy nomination

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Troye Sivan is a Grammy nominee! The 28-year-old Australian singer (who was for some wild reasons called an “expired twink” and accused of promoting “paedophilia & incest” by Azealia Banks) has earned the first Grammy noms of his career this year, scoring nominations for his song “Rush” in the categories Best Pop Dance Recording and Best Music Video.

Sivan scored his first-ever Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Dance Record, where his song “Rush,” off the album Something To Give Each Other, was nominated alongside “Baby Don’t Hurt Me” by David Guetta, Anne-Marie, and Coi Leray, “Miracle” by Calvin Harris, “Padam Padam” by Kylie Minogue, and “One in a Million” by Bebe Rexha and David Guetta.

In the Best Music Video category, he’ll have to go up against The Beatles for “I’m Only Sleeping,” Billie Eilish for “What Was I Made For” from the Barbie OST, Kendrick Lamar for “Count Me Out,” and Tyler Childers for his music video for “In Your Love.”

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Troye gets into drag for ‘One of Your Girls’ video

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On his new album Something to Give Each Other, Troye Sivan explores a series of passionate sexual encounters that followed his last long-term relationship — some of which were with men who considered themselves straight, complicating the dynamic.

The Australian singer-songwriter dives into such complex experiences on his new single “One of Your Girls,” which arrived alongside the album last Friday with a steamy music video featuring Sivan in full drag and Ross Lynch as his love interest.

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The secret to Troye Sivan’s pop stardom is his YouTube past

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It can be tricky to be a pop star in 2023. Unless you’re on the level of Beyoncé or Taylor Swift, you typically have to cater to your label’s demands. To actually be able to release your own work, you need to generate a viral TikTok hit, build social media buzz, or have some alternate form of success.

This shifting economy has hampered iconic pop legends like Kim Petras, Charli XCX, and Lana Del Rey, all of whom have immense catalogs that they have struggled to put out due to label restrictions and massive pre-release leaks.

That makes Troye Sivan’s stardom something of a high-wire act. The pop star has long been a quadruple threat: he can sing, dance, act, and perhaps most threatening of all, he’s a twink — or a “twunk,” as he prefers.

He began his path to fame through YouTube, as many twinks do, posting covers in 2007 before expanding to short-form vlogging alongside other gay content creators like Connor Franta and Tyler Oakley. The odds of breaking into the pop scene were always low, but the chances of successfully carving out a niche in it were even lower.

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In The Idol, Troye Sivan’s character Xander asks “When was the last truly f*cking nasty, nasty bad pop girl?” With the release of his new single “Rush”, we think it might be Troye himself.

On Thursday, Sivan unleashed his sexy summer bop “Rush” and gave queer people another reason to flock to the dance floor. “Rush” is filled with an energy and expression that’s unapologetically queer. The popper’s inspired dance bop’s music video is as high octane and frenetic as the song itself, becoming a celebration of youth, queerness, and sex.

“‘Rush’ is the feeling of kissing a sweaty stranger on a dancefloor, a two-hour date that turned into a weekend, a crush, a winter, a summer,” said Sivan in a statement. “Party after party, after party after after party. All of my experiences from a chapter where I feel confident, free and liberated. Independent, yet somehow the most connected to the music and community around me.”

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Troye Sivan on why queer representation matters

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I didn’t know any queer people in real life, and just seeing that crowd I was like, ‘Okay, so it is out there somewhere, I just have to go find it.’ And I think that that’s what representation really does.

It shows you that your immediate circumstances are not going to be your circumstances forever, that there are people out there who are going to love you and support you, and places where you can feel safe.

It’s a big relief to know that while all of this really messed-up stuff is happening, people really attempting to send us backwards, that young people can go on TikTok or turn on the Grammys or watch music videos on YouTube and see themselves [represented].

I think it’s a lot less suffocating than it used to be, because having access to the representation, it shows you that the world is a big place. Those people who are trying to send us backwards? They’re not everyone.

Troye Sivan speaking to Elle about seeing a YouTube video of Lady Gaga speaking at a Pride parade and the impact it had on him as a young person.

Troye Sivan x Calvin Klein

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Troye Sivan stars in Calvin Klein’s Pride campaign to celebrate Sydney WorldPride 2023. The Australian singer revealed his collaboration with the underwear brand on social media, and fans were particularly thirsty. In the campaign, Troye Sivan said: “When I went to my first ever Pride parade, my parents came with me. That just felt like a big moment for me.”

He wears ‘This is Love’ branded pieces from the range including a cropped sweater and brightly-coloured trunks. The collection features bikini briefs, bralettes, triangle bras, trunks and thongs in colours Lemon Lime, Persian Red, Cherry Tomato and Aqua Green.