'Queen of the Universe' Winner Grag Queen Releases New Song Ahead of US Tour

Sunday May 22, 2022
Originally published on May 19, 2022

Grag Queen
Grag Queen  (Source:Paramount+)

There's a new Queen in town named Grag Queen and she's recently released her first-ever English language song with, "You Betta." The track was co-written by Grag Queen and co-writers and producers Jesse Saint John (Lizzo, Kim Petras), Grammy award-winner Cole MGN (Snoop Dogg, Christine & The Queens) and Golden Globe nominated Leland (Selena Gomez, Ava Max).

Songwriter Jesse Saint John said, "Grag is an incredible artist who has such a strong vision, so helping bring it to life and amplifying Grag's personality and voice has been so fun. It was a dream come true!" 

If you were lucky enough to watch "Queen of the Universe" (which aired on Paramount +) then you're well aware that on the season's finale when 26-year-old Grag Queen was crowned the first winner of the competition. 

Part "RuPaul's Drag Race," part Eurovision, 14 queens from 10 countries competed for the title in the 6-part series, which was an international success. The Brazilian singer wowed audiences with her show stopping performances of Andra Day's "Rise Up" and Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," among others. Grag was thrilled with her victory. "I feel SO accomplished! This award symbolizes a dream come true. I am sure my family and my country are proud of me." She's been lauded by fellow singing Queens Alaska Thunderfuck who said, "Grag is one of the most technically skilled singers out there, but it's her stage presence, sense of humor, and charisma that make her an absolute superstar." Trixie Mattel added, "She's a star before the song even starts, and then when she begins singing - it's over bitch."

Signed to SB Music in Brazil, Grag's Desperta EP features five tracks (listen to ). Her hit song, "Bota Fé," has over half a million YouTube views and streams on Spotify. Grag, who also writes her songs, is preparing her first album in English. "This album will certainly communicate with all people. There is an unexpected mix of languages, rhythms and a lot of 'didiridau'." The first tastes were, "Fim De Tarde" and "Party Everyday", which she co-wrote and already has over 1.4 million views on YouTube. Next month Grag will also have a new track on the forthcoming "Love, Victor" soundtrack. The show's new season premieres on Hulu in June.

Along with releasing new music once a month throughout the spring and summer, Grag Queen is set to make her next appearance in America at RuPaul's Drag Con LA on May 13-15 and at LA Pride In The Park Festival on June 11 alongside Anitta and Christina Aguilera.  A full slate of live performance tour dates is listed below.

A staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community in Brasil, Grag — born Gregory Mohd - she's very well-aware of how many young people are afraid to come out to be their true selves. "We live in a country that kills LGBTQ people more than any other, and our transgender people's [life expectancy] is only 35 years old and it's not fair. We are still trying to find some place of peace. ... I really want to use this platform to make people know that this situation is crazy and it's real."

Check out Grag Queen Performing Live upcoming live dates in the UK and US:


5/28 — Bowler's Exhibtion Center — Manchester, UK

5/29 — Studio 338 — London, UK

6/3 — Roscoe's -  Chicago, IL

6/5 — West Hollywood, CA - Queernaval

6/10 — Hotel Utah — San Francisco, CA

6/11 — LA Pride in the Park w/Anitta & Christina Aguilera — Los Angeles, CA

6/18 — Kemba Live  - Columbus, OH

6/19 — Chicago Pride Fest w/Alaska Thunderfuck - Chicago, IL

6/20 — City Winery — Boston, MA

6/21 — Milkboy - Philadelphia, PA

6/22 — The Loft @ City Winery — Washington, DC

6/24 — The Meadows — Brooklyn, NY

6/25 — NYC Pride's Youth Pride @ Rumsey Playfield — New York

6/26 — RENDEZVIEWS  Toronto, Canada

7/1 — The Queer Bar — Seattle, WA