In spite of Time’s Up and the conversations that have been happening over the course of the last several months, progressive didn’t seem demonstrated at this year’s Grammys. Only one woman — Alessia Cara — won a main award (aka televised award) at this year’s ceremony.
Cara took home the award for Best New Artist, meanwhile Lorde, the only female nominee for Best Album, was apparently not offered a performance while the other male nominees were. SZA was nominated in five categories and won none of them. Rihanna shared an award with Kendrick Lamar for best rap/sung performance for their song “Loyalty.”
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow’s statements didn’t make things any better when asked by Variety about #GrammysSoMale, a trending hashtag on Twitter right now.
“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,” Portnow said. “[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.”
There were some powerful moments for women at this year’s ceremony in spite of being mostly male-dominated. Kesha gave a very magical, very powerful, and very emotional performance of her single “Praying,” while being encircled on stage by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andrea Day, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus.
Kesha posted a message of gratitude on Twitter: “After everything you’ve done I can thank you for how strong I have become,'” she tweeted. “Thank you to the @RecordingAcad, the women on stage with me tonight, and everyone who has supported me through this whole journey.”