A number of musicians were wear white roses to the 2018 Grammy Awards to show support for the ongoing #TimesUp movement.
The movement was launched at the start of the year by over 300 women in the entertainment industry with the aim of combatting systemic sexual harassment in the industry and beyond.
#TimesUp will be represented at the Grammys – which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday (January 28) – through the white rose demonstration. Organised by Roc Nation VP Meg Harkins and Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records’ Karen Rait, the likes of Dua Lipa, Halsey and Kelly Clarkson will all wear white roses on the night.
Those who will wear a rose at the Grammys – a list which also includes Cyndi Lauper, Rita Ora, Rapsody and Tom Morello – will all represent the new group ‘Voices In Entertainment’, with the group choosing to utilise the symbolism of the white rose due to its historical link to the Suffragettes.
The group also cited Hillary Clinton’s decision to wear white at US President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 as another reason for their choice [via Billboard].
“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins explained about the upcoming Grammys demonstration. “We need to say if anyone is feeling like they’re being discriminated against and they don’t feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them.”
“Music artists have a lot of impact,” Rait added. “So it’s only fitting that music’s biggest night shows the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognisant of their fellow employees.”
Earlier this week, Dylan Farrow accused Justin Timberlake of being a hypocrite for supporting the #TimesUp campaign.