The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have been monumental this year. Celebrities have attended award shows wearing badges supporting the movements. The Grammy Awards this year advertised the support of women without actually doing it.
While trying to prove that women deserve better, the award show failed to do so. Few women won awards at the 2018 Grammy’s with Lorde being the only woman nominated for Album of the Year. The Grammy’s showed a noticeable lack of female representation in the award show.
When asked about why the Grammy’s were dominated by men this year, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow answered: “It has to begin with… women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level…They need to step up because I think they would be welcome.”
Alessia Cara was among the few women who took home the award for the best new artist. Another win by women was Little Big Town. Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman won best country/group performance.
Kesha’s powerful performance of “Prayer” was the highlight of the evening. Joined by artists Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus, she performed her hit song in condemnation of her producer Dr. Luke. She sued him in 2014 for sexual and emotional abuse. Unfortunately, she is bound to legally stay in her contract under Dr. Luke until it is expired.
Read more about Gatekeeping at the Grammy’s here.
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