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Last night saw the 60th Grammy Awards take place in New York, but the annual awards ceremony has been making the headlines this morning for all the wrong reasons.
Bruno Mars led this year’s Grammys by picking up six awards, closely followed by Kendrick Lamar, who picked up five, but there’s one thing that seems to have ruffled up people’s feather’s quite a bit this year – the lack of female winners.
Mars championed by winning every category he was nominated in, resulting in him taking most of the major trophies, including Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic, beating Lorde’s Melodrama, and Song Of The Year for That’s What I Like.
But something that’s not escaping the red carpet and award ceremonies anytime soon is the recognition of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Last night celebrities wore white roses to highlight and bring awareness to the campaigns, which at first seemed to be overshadowed ever so slightly by the imbalance of male to female wins.
Whilst Lorde may have been snubbed from picking up Record Of The Year, a trophy that many believed she was worthy of, the ‘Perfect Places‘ singer was showing no signs in letting her opinion on feminism be silenced. Instead of wearing a white rose, the 21-year-old had a feminist essay sewed into the back of her gown.
Alessia Cara was the only female to win one of the major categories, where she picked up the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating Khalid, SZA, Julia Michaels and Lil Uzi Vert. But other female artists including Pink, Lana Del Ray and Lady Gaga were all snubbed for their work in the industry.
— Sonja Yelich (@sonjayelich1) January 26, 2018
Many were also struggling to come to terms with how someone like SZA, who was the most nominated female artist this year with five nominations, somehow walked away from the evening with nothing.
It’s a topic that’s blown up the internet this morning, with the likes of BBC Radio One DJ, Greg James and others including Rose McGowan and Charlie XCX all voicing their opinions on the lack of recognition, with only 17 females receiving nominations out of a total of the 86 awards that were handed out during the evening.
Anyone got postal addresses for the Grammy judges? I need to send them Lorde’s album because they obviously forgot to listen to it
— Greg James (@gregjames) January 29, 2018
The lack of female recognition didn’t stop some of music’s biggest female acts in history still making their mark on the evening. Kesha, who was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for Praying, gave one of the most powerful performances of the evening. Following her comeback last year, the 30-year-old was joined on stage by Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day, who all donned white outfits in a clear nod to the #TimesUp movement.
“after everything you've done I can thank you for how strong I have become”
thank you to the @RecordingAcad, the women on stage with me tonight, and everyone who has supported me through this whole journey. pic.twitter.com/43gOsofL0S
— kesha (@KeshaRose) January 29, 2018
Lady Gaga, Rihanna Pink also delivered spectacular performances, closely followed by one of the most talked about speeches of the evening from recording artist and actress Janelle Monáe. In her speech, prior to Kesha’s performance, the Moonlight star too shared her thoughts on #TimesUp.
To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up…. We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. – Janelle Monáe
In terms of awards, the recognition towards women may have been something that suffered, but power and unity were combined to show that women will never be silenced.
Throughout the rest of the evening, Ed Sheeran picked up two awards for Best Pop Album for ‘÷’ and Best Pop Solo Performance for Shape of You; Blue Ivy Carter caused a laugh after being caught shushing her superstar parents Jay Z and Beyonce, and Hilary Clinton made a stand against President Trump as she read from an extract from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury as part of a spoof lead by host, James Corden.