Out of all 899 Grammy nominees, only 9% were women – with only one winning a major award. Alessia Cara took home Best New Artist.
After much backlash from the music world and beyond, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow responded: “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.”
Now, Pink has hit back with a handwritten message – arguing that “women owned music this year”.
“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’,” she wrote. “Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside, women owned music this year. They’ve been killing it. And every year before this.”
Pink continued: “When we celebrate and honour the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women step up every year, against all the odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”
— P!nk (@Pink) January 29, 2018
Responding to her message, Katy Perry wrote: “Another powerful woman, leading by example. We all have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it.
“I’m proud of all the women making incredible art in the fact of continual resistance.”
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Another powerful woman, leading by example. We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I'm proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance. ✊🏻
P.s VH1 Divas Live. https://t.co/RDmB7zRfId
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 30, 2018
Charli XCX also added her voice to the discussion, telling Portnow: “Ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face. Women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about ?????”
ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face.. women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about ????? https://t.co/EkijTA33QW
— Charli (@charli_xcx) January 29, 2018
Meanwhile, many stars gave dedications to the ‘Time’s Up’ and #MeToo movements. A large number of guests to wear white roses as a mark of support for victims of sexual harassment and assault.
Janelle Monae also made a powerful speech against sexual abuse as she introduced Kesha‘s performance of ‘Praying’ at the awards ceremony. Many felt that Kesha’s track about dealing with sexual assault should have beaten Ed Sheeran to win ‘Best Pop Solo’ performance. The decision saw audience members booing and attracted much criticism online.