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LGBT representation in the music industry reached new heights in 2015. Here are just a few of the LGBT musicians who killed it this year.
Patrick Campbell

22 Dec 2015 - 2:26 PM  UPDATED 22 Dec 2015 - 4:02 PM

Olly Alexander

The lead singer of Years & Years dominated radio this year after his band won the coveted BBC Sound Of 2015 award.

Troye Sivan

This Aussie YouTube star released his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, this month, and has been touring the world as well as keeping up his vlogging online.

Michael Angelakos

Angelakos came out as gay just over a month ago. The lead singer of Passion Pit announced his divorce from Kristy Mucci in August and has since begun a new chapter of his life, whilst still keeping music at the forefront.

St. Vincent

This incredible artist won a Grammy this year for “Best Alternative Album” and garnering a host of new fans as she tours the world.

Mitch Grassi

One part of the a cappella group Pentatonix, this guy has the voice of an angel and is really changing the way young people see a cappella music and sexuality.

Carrie Brownstein

One half of comedy show Portlandia, and one third of riot grrrl group Sleater Kinney, Brownstein somehow found time between filming, recording, and touring to release a memoir this year.

Cheyenne Jackson

A familiar face to fans of American Horror Story this year, turns out Cheyenne Jackson is also a well-accomplished singer. He’s worked in theatre for most of his life, and performs often around LA.

Brendan Maclean

This Aussie musician has been a star of stage and screen, on top of his work in music. Performing as part of stageshow Velvet this year, he has also released a new single, Tectonic, and featured on triple j Hack’s Australian porn special.

Sam Smith

The man won Grammys galore and recorded the Bond theme song… Need we say more?

Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst has been touring the world off the back of her Eurovision win, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She'll be back in Australia for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras next year.

Max Hershenow

One half of MS MR, Hershenow has becoming a much bigger part of the band’s image this year. One of the most inspiring people in music today, his style and talent makes him a massive contender on this list.


Another Australian talent, Sia has released another album this year, performed on Saturday Night Live twice (three times if you include her cameo in Kanye West’s performance), and she kept up her red carpet work all without showing her face.


Shamir is on everyone’s end of year list thanks to his debut album, Ratchet. Heading to Australia for Laneway 2016, this artist bends the gender barriers and has a confidence that is hard to find in anyone these days.


Arca may not be as well known as some of the others on this list, but should be. Working on Björk’s Vulnicura, touring with her, touring on the back of his debut album, recording and releasing his second album, this guy has done A LOT this year. It looks like 2016 could be even bigger for him.