Sam Smith announced as special guest at Sydney Mardi Gras 2020

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Grammy Award-winning UK artist Sam Smith is set to perform at Sydney’s Mardi Gras next month.

“We’re feeling the love today, can’t wait to see Sam Smith at the #MardiGras2020 Parade and Party!” the event’s official Twitter account posted.

Smith said in a video posted to Twitter that it would be “one of the highlights of my career”.

The artist is known as one of the music industry’s most influential LGBTQI voices who has used their platform to advocate for a broad spectrum of queer issues.

They came out as non-binary in 2019 and has spoken publicly about their experiences to help improve public awareness of what it means to be genderqueer.

Smith has won an array of awards including four Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and three BRIT Awards.

In 2016, they won Best Music Artist at the British LGBT Awards and a nomination for Outstanding Musical Artist at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards.

Smith will be joining a line-up of previously announced headliner Dua Lipa, Kesha and Brazillian drag star Pabllo Vittar, as well as a line-up of DJs.

The theme of the 42nd Mardi Gras parade is What Matters.

“We’ve come so far, and we know there’s so much further to go together,” the event’s page posted on Twitter.

It was headlined by PNAU and pop singer Kim Petras. Kylie Minogue also made a brief appearance.

The annual parade will take place from 7:30pm on Oxford and Flinders streets in Darlinghurst on February 29.

Sydney will also host WorldPride in 2023 and will become the first city in the southern hemisphere to ever host the major international LGBTQI event.