Last night’s 60th Annual Grammy Awards left some people saying #GrammysSoMale after only one woman, Alessia Cara walked away from the music industry’s greatest night with a Grammy. That’s right. Out of all of the televised awards given out last night, only one went to a woman.
SZA ain’t win Best New Artist? pic.twitter.com/SyKIiy8Smr
— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 29, 2018
SZA WAS THE MOST NOMINATED FEMALE ARTIST & DIDN’T EVEN WIN A SINGLE AWARD. pic.twitter.com/8xxAwLIE9a
— ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ (@merelynora) January 29, 2018
— Omoniyi Israel (@omoissy) January 29, 2018
Nor were they too pleased that Ed Sheeran took home the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape of You,” a song about the female body, while artists like Lady Gaga and Kesha (who was nominated for a song about sexual assault) got nothing.
I guess it’s a good thing Kesha didn’t win over Ed Sheeran, since the music industry doesn’t seem to care about examining its abuses of power
— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 29, 2018
Ed Sheeran winning over Gaga and Kesha? If the straights want a war THEY CAN HAVE IT pic.twitter.com/aSx8YdgXzc
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) January 29, 2018
"Ed Sheeran" is a hell of a way to mispronounce "Kesha."
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) January 29, 2018
4 pop goddesses nominated and the award goes to the generic pop stylings of Ed Sheeran. #GrammysSoMale
— Peter Martino (@peteramartino) January 29, 2018
Lorde, who was the only female nominee for Album of the Year, wasn’t given the opportunity to perform at the Grammys because, “She had a great album, but there’s no way we can deal with everybody.”
I just love the idea of watching that 3.5-hour show and saying, "The reason we didn't have room for a Lorde performance was that it was just too jam-packed with essential content."
— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) January 29, 2018
And of course, The Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow is defending the Grammys. Instead of acknowledging that it’s a little shady for there to only be one woman awarded solo Grammy, Portnow said it’s not The Recording Academy’s fault. Instead, “women need to step up.” I’m sorry…what?
Here’s what he had to say:
“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. I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”
The Internet seems to disagree:
Grammys President: 'Women need to step up more.'
Lorde: 'I'd love to perform my song, I really-'
— Zara (@havanacrazy12) January 29, 2018
GAGA GOT ROBBED. KESHA GOT ROBBED. SZA GOT ROBBED. LORDE GOT ROBBED. ONLY ONE WOMAN WON IN THE MAJOR CATEGORIES — ALESSIA CARA.
— Dan (@theleonpaladin) January 29, 2018
Isn’t it great how the #GRAMMYs claims to be so current & relevant – black outfits.. Time’s Up badges.. white roses.. Kesha giving a moving performance with women on stage..
And yet Every single major award last night was won by a male artist?
— Karl Booton (@karlbooton) January 29, 2018
If you are complaining about the #GrammysSoMale hashtag, you really don’t get it. It’s not that men’s music wasn’t good enough to be awarded, it’s that women are making great music as well yet only 9% of the nominees in the last 5 years have been women.
— Stephanie (@Stephanie_Stuff) January 29, 2018
Once again, #EdSheeran wins over much stronger female contenders, so instead of #kesha's song about overcoming sexual abuse, we reward another song by a man about a woman's body. #GRAMMYs #metoo #timesup #grammyssomale
— Anya Silver (@AnyaSilverPoet) January 29, 2018
— Jason Ikeler (@jasonikeler) January 29, 2018
There is a lot of wonderful and meaningful music being made by women, especially during a time where we are trying to empower women to speak out and facilitate change in their industries. As evidenced by the Internet reaction, it’s obviously disheartening to music fans that they aren’t seeing female artists represented. Maybe it’s time for The Grammys to step it up.
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