Grammy will have the first trans trophy girl

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The six trophies for Adele are displayed backstage at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A transgender model Martina Robledo will be the first ever trans person to serve as a ‘trophy girl’, the person who brings trophies to winners, at the 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony this weekend. Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, said: “To be honest, the idea of a ‘trophy girl’ has felt antiquated for some time now. Who wrote that rule anyway? The ability to present a trophy has nothing to do with one’s gender.” He added that the change was not meant to be “provocative”, but to acknowledge that “music’s universal power lies in its spirit of inclusion”. The trophy girl said “I know it’s going to make some people uncomfortable and make others weep for joy. I’m just going to step out there and strut and make sure I deliver my best, because there’s people out there looking up to me.”

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