She captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. Dubbed “The Girl Of A Thousand Voices,” she’s performed on major television programs including, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Today Show.
As an entertainer who takes female impersonation as a true art form and means of expression, Kennedy has spent years training in different forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern and African dance. She appeared on stage in the play Sometimes it Snows in Atlanta and on TV on America’s Got Talent, season 3 of Skin Wars and season 3 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars, where she placed third.
Melinda became a household name during season six of American Idol — she came in third in the voting and Simon Cowell called her his “personal favorite.” The New York Times has hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years, and People Magazine has said, “Her voice is a slinky purr then a mighty growl that will keep you coming back for more.”
We are very excited to welcome Tracy Young to the Gala as the DJ of the Gala After Party! Tracy is a Grammy Award-winning producer, remixer, DJ, composer, and owner of Ferosh Records. Young has “officially remixed” for over 100+ musical artists, including 14 exclusively for Madonna. She has racked up over 60 #1 U.S. Billboard Dance Club Chart hits since 2000.
Of the 14 tracks on which they’ve collaborated to date, Madonna and Tracy’s most historic collaboration is the anthemic “I Rise” (Tracy Young Pride Intro Radio Remix), which won a Grammy at the 62nd Annual Awards. The Grammy marks Tracy as the first woman to win and be nominated in the “Best Remixed Recording” category since its inception in 1998.
Originally hailing all the way from Greece, but growing up in beautiful Miami, the Greek Glamazon Athena Dion is truly one of a kind in the wonderful world of drag. With over 15.7k followers, Athena has made a name and place for herself since first starting out in the drag scene a whole decade ago.
She got her first job as a hostess in a nightclub, immersing herself into the vibe and culture of drag, and has climbed the ladder ever since. The Greek Glamazon is loved by all in the LGBTQ community for her wild costumes and looks, as well as everything she gives back to them, and the platforms she provides for new, up and coming drag performers. She runs several drag brunches in the Miami area, the biggest one being the R House Brunch, complete with eggs, booze and drag performances. In 2020, at the height of despair and tragedy for most in America, Athena was there for the people and organised Virtual Pride 2020 with the South Florida Pride Collective. The goddess collaborated with a range of much sought after drag stars who donated their time to perform virtually.
During the last decade, Athena has walked the runway at Miami Beach Pride for the LA label Marco Marco, and played Posh Spice in a Spice Girls tribute act assembled to welcome Mel B to the Sugar Factory, among so many other accomplishments. Her love of what she does is evident and her message to the new generation of drag queens rings so true when she says “do what you love”.