The singer is releasing their new album – also called ‘Gloria’ – next week (January 27), and shared its title track the day before the performance.
Smith described the song as “my queer love hymn, saying life is a song to Gloria, the thing I can’t put a word to. I don’t know if it’s nature or a feminine energy inside me that I’m setting free.”
For the SNL performance, Smith wore a massive fur coat and was joined by Petras for ‘Unholy’, which became the first track by openly non-binary and transgender artists, respectively, to top the Billboard Hot 100 following its release in September last year. It was also the first single for both artists to hit the Number One spot.
Watch Smith’s two SNL performances below. The episode was hosted by Aubrey Plaza.