Sam Smith’s Brit Awards 2023 performance of Unholy with Kim Petras sparks over 100 Ofcom complaints

Unholy row: Sam Smith’s Brit Awards 2023 performance with Kim Petras has sparked more than 100 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.
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Sam Smith’s performance at the BRITs 2023 has sparked over 100 Ofcom complaints, the broadcasting regulator has revealed. Kim Petras joined the pop star to deliver a rendition of Unholy at the ceremony on February 12.

Both Smith and Petras were adorned in leather and black clothing on the stage designed to look like a garage set-up. The performance received a total of 106 complaints from viewers to Ofcom, although it remains unclear which specific parts were seen as contentious or controversial.

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The incident took place just a week after the pair were scrutinised by US conservatives when they performed the hit song at February 5’s Grammy Awards. They were accused of performing a “satanic ritual” as the stage was lit up with red lighting and pyrotechnics, all while dancers were locked inside metal cages.

Big names spoke out in reaction to the Grammys performance with everyone from business people to talk show hosts offering an opinion. Tesla and Twitter billionaire Elon Musk considered it brought “end of day vibes” while Piers Morgan accused the singer of trying to “deliberately outrage” religious people.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: EDITORIAL USE ONLY: Sam Smith performs on stage during The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: EDITORIAL USE ONLY: Sam Smith performs on stage during The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: EDITORIAL USE ONLY: Sam Smith performs on stage during The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

It was not the only part of the BRITs to receive complaints from viewers with the regulator receiving backlash for the use of offensive language, as well as because of the amount of alcohol consumed at the awards ceremony.