Los Angeles, Jan 29 (PTI) If Hollywood celebrities opted for black to voice their protest against sexual harassment at the Golden Globes, the 2018 Grammy Awards chose white rose to signify that women, as Janelle Monae put it, come in peace but they mean business. Also Read - From Passion to Books, Beauty & Food: This is What Indian Women Are Talking About on Twitter
Monae gave a heartfelt speech in solidarity with female artistes as she introduced Kesha’s comeback performance at the 60th annual music gala, which was charged with the Time’s Up movement message. Also Read - Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Puts His 1st Tweet on Sale, Bid Reaches Rs 2 Crore
“Artistes, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers and women from all sectors of the business. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and human beings. We come in peace, but we mean business. Also Read - Neither Badminton Nor Tennis, Amol Gupte Reveals What Trolled Saina Poster Really Stands For
“And to those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up. Because you see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well,” the “Tightrope” hitmaker said.
The singer also said just as women have the capacity to shape culture, they also have the power to undo a culture that does a disservice to them.
Emphasising on gender inclusion, Monae called on both women and men to build a “united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay and access for all women”.
She also lauded Kesha for standing up and speaking her truth through her Grammy-nominated album, “Rainbow”, which she also co-wrote amid her legal battle with producer Dr Luke, whom she has accused of rape and abuse.
The “Tik Tok” singer was joined by Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day – all of them dressed in white.
Alessia Cara emerged as the only female artiste to bag a Grammy (Best New Artiste), as Bruno Mars bagged seven awards, followed closely by Kendrick Lamar with five.
Rihanna shared a Grammy with Lamar for “Loyalty”, which won the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The Twitter handle of Time’s Up campaign shared a picture of a white rose with a pair of headphones embossed on it, with a caption, “A white rose symbolises respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future. We like the sound of that. #TIMESUP at the #GRAMMYS.” At the red carpet of the Grammys, Lana Del Rey said that the Time’s Up movement is here to stay.
“It’s not a passing phase. The ball’s going to keep rolling (and the music industry is here for it),” she said.
Elton John played the piano which had a white rose on the top, as he performed “Tiny Dancer” with Miley Cyrus in support of the campaign.
Lady Gaga, who paid tributes to her aunt Joanne with her eponymous song, threw in the words “Time’s Up” in her musical act.
Pink, Heidi Klum, Imagine Dragons, Zayn Malik, Rita Ora, Khalid, Sam Smith, Anna Kendrick, Rapsody, Sarah Silverman, Kelly Clarkson, Grammy host James Corden, among others also flaunted white rose on the red carpet.
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