The GRAMMYs have come and gone, and with them viewers and music fans experienced a show that was dominated by Bruno Mars, and men in general.
To jump right into things, one of the biggest snubs of the night was Ed Sheeran’s win for Best Pop Solo Performance. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ed and his music, but being the only male nominee, and up against Kesha, it should’ve obviously gone to her. After such an empowering year for women, she deserved it more than anyone.
The GRAMMY nominations were made up of men for the most part. In fact, the Recording Academy’s president Neil Portnow made interesting comments about female musicians, saying, “I think it had to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians… [they need] to step up because I think they would be welcomed.”
Let me just name a few women who have shaped the music industry: Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Celine Dion, Adele, Rihanna, shall I go on?
After movements like Time’s Up and women like Kesha speaking out about their harassment in the industry, men like Neil Portnow just don’t get it. So how do we, as women, make a change?
It doesn’t have to be just us who create it, we need to stand hand in hand with men who support and encourage us in our respective fields to make the change. Portnow is just an example of someone who isn’t on our side 100 percent.
With that, I leave with a brief excerpt from actress/singer Janelle Monáe’s GRAMMY speech:
“We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.”