Kit Steinkellner
February 11, 2017 10:30 am
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SGranitz/WireImage

We are fully into awards season. And yes, the red carpet looks and the big speeches are super fun. But sometimes the whole shebang can seem a little self-congratulatory. Which is why we are always so excited when an awards show makes a super-cool, socially-progressive move.

That’s why we’re so excited that the Grammys just became more inclusive in a major way in their “trophy girls” department.

In the past, the people who hand off the trophies at the Grammys ceremony have all been cisgender women. But this year, there will be three trophy people: Actress Hollin Haley, a cisgender woman; actor Derek Marrocco, a cisgender man; and model Martina Robledo, a transgender woman.

This historic move basically makes us feel like this:

As Neil Portnow,  president of the Recording Academy, explained in a statement:

Portnow added that the change is not meant to “be provocative or buck convention,” but rather to acknowledge that “music’s universal power lies in its spirit of inclusion.”

History-maker Martina Robledo has an awesome take on her upcoming Grammys role. She said:

Martina has made it clear that she’s totally cool with  being an inspirational figure. Also,  she has an important message for those watching at home who look up to her.

Hear, hear! We can’t wait to tune into the Grammys tomorrow and watch history be made!

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