This article was published on March 5th, 2018
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While this collection of the same word may not seem like much, together, they are some of the most recognizable lyrics from one of the biggest stars on the planet. From 80’s television actress, to starring in films like Moulin Rouge, to cancer survivor, to the embodiment of fashion, to businesswoman, to living breathing Goddess of Pop, Kylie Minogue is one of the fiercest gay icons living. And if you didn’t know, this is a golden time for Kylie Minogue. Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts. Her name is Kylie and 2018 is her year.
Some people will always remember her as Charlene from the hit 80s series Neighbors. Brits recognize her as their biggest pop star. Aussies favor Kylie Minogue as their greatest export. And the world has viewed this 5’ tall singing/acting/fashionista/activist as simply “Kylie” for over three decades now. But who is Kylie Minogue, and what has she done to become a gay icon?
When it comes to longevity in delivering a solid product, Kylie Minogue rises above most other artists. In January of 2018, Kylie celebrated her 30th year in music with the anniversary of her first hit single I Should Be So Lucky. She went on to garner international stardom with her hit re-make of The Locomotion, but throughout her 3 decades of music, Kylie has defied the odds by having obtained 50…yes, 5-0 top 40 UK hits in her career. A feat she achieved the same week she celebrated her 30th year when her cover of Santa Baby moved from 51st to 38th place on the pop charts.
Kylie has a Grammy, several Brit awards, multiple ARIAs, has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, and is Australia’s highest selling artist in history. She holds an honorary doctorate degree in health sciences from Anglia Ruskin University for her advocacy and her work raising awareness for breast cancer and was the sole performer at Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th jubilee birthday party, where it was rumored she was hand selected by the Queen and Prince Philip. She has a MO honoring from Australia, an OBE from the UK, and an Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution in advancing French culture.
Admitted into the ARIA hall of fame in 2011, Kylie Minogue was ranked by Billboard Music as the 18th most successful dance artist of all time. Her hits are part of why gays and allies alike love her: Kylie has kept us all dancing for 30 years. Songs like “Can’t Get You Outta My Head”, “Love at First Sight”, “Spinning Around”, “Better the Devil You Know”, “Your Disco Needs You”, “All the Lovers”, “I Believe in You”, “Light Years”, “Come into My World”, “Confide in Me”, “Slow”, “Into the Blue”, “The One”, and “Timebomb” just tip the iceberg of an entire library of dance-alicious songs that are Kylie’s dancehall bangers.
Sure, Kylie is a fashion and style icon. Those gold hot pants will live on long after she is gone. But it is her advocacy and standing by her LGBT fans that has led her to being regarded as an icon for the gay community. Kylie has always embraced her gay fans.
“My gay audience has been with me from the beginning … they kind of adopted me,” said Kylie. Some of Kylie’s best friends are gay, including fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana and Scissor Sisters front man, Jake Shears. With her former fiancé, she started the “Say I Do Australia” campaign to bring marriage equality in Australia. And it was revealed in June 2017 that Kylie had been strictly warned to remove the gay kisses from her “All The Lovers” video in some countries, to which the Princess of Pop simply responded: “No.”
Now, Kylie is back in the saddle. Her 14th studio album, Golden, is set to be released in April with her new hit single “Dancing” currently climbing the charts. While she hasn’t been on the road since 2014, Kylie shocked fans by announcing five very intimate concerts in Europe. One night in each Manchester, London, Paris, Barcelona, and concluding this mini-tour with a show at the famous Berghain in Berlin saw tickets sold out in minutes. Before she could even announce her upcoming fall tour in Ireland and the UK, it was leaked that Kylie will be headlining White Party Palm Springs at the end of April. As if she couldn’t have snatched the weaves off her fans heads enough already, it was also recently announced that the newly monickered Goddess of Pop would also be headlining NYC Gay Pride at the end of June.
While Kylie is guaranteed to have more tricks up her sleeve, as more singles get released and the album comes out in a little over a month, Kylie is most certainly going to surprise fans with more scheduled performances and appearances—done her way. One of the reasons Kylie Minogue has been and remains a formidable force in the music industry is her ability and desire to do things the Kylie way. She’s been an original class act since the start, and 2018 is looking like it’s only beginning to be the year of Kylie. There’s only one. The One. Kylie Minogue.