The three sisters were in attendance at the O2 Academy in Brixton last night where they collected the award for Best International Band supported by 19 Crimes Winery – beating off strong competition from The National, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Paramore and Migos.
Taking to the podium, Este Haim told told the crowd: “And also the fans, everyone here. And anyone that identifies as a girl. Whenever you walk into a guitar shop or a soundcheck or a recording studio, do not let anyone that’s there intimidate you, or make you feel like you don’t belong there, because you do belong there. Thank you.”
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HAIM’s comments echoed similar sentiments voiced by Garbage legend Shirley Manson as she accepted the first ever NME Icon Award.
“This has been an incredibly sad roll-out in some regards in the last 18 months,” said Manson. “I think we’re all shocked. Any decent person is shocked by the statistics surrounding not only the harassment that women face, not only the violence that we face, but the lack of representation that we enjoy in an industry.
“The fact that women at my level enjoy under seven per cent representation is unacceptable. I call upon any musician in this room to stand up and really call out festivals for not representing women, in particular women of colour, our black sisters. We need to make a change. It’s vital.”