One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The Grammys were Sunday, Jan. 28, and had some tired moments. There were multiple unfair instances with women that need to be highlighted.

Savannah Selin, Columnist

The new phenomenon, “Time’s Up,” an organization that calls out the men that have sexually abused women in the movie and music businesses, was actively present during the Grammys. Even though there was a big deal about women empowerment during the Grammys, the number of women on the list of winners was very slim, especially in the RB&B, rap, and pop categories. As CNN states, in the previously listed categories, only one woman won an award. That woman was Alessia Cara, who received an award for Best New Artist. Even though it is a nice change for a woman to win a major award, Cara receiving this award in 2018, rather than previous years make little sense, because she has had an established presence in the music industry since at least 2015.

Kesha’s performance in the Grammys was especially powerful because she performed with artists like Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, and Resistance Revival Chorus, while referencing her draining lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald), for sexual, physical, and verbal abuse. After her emotionally moving piece, some Twitter users, as CNN states, were upset that Ed Sheeran took the award even after Kesha’s emotional song. The Twitter users were also upset at the fact that Sheeran didn’t even show up for the Grammys and, ironically, won the award Best Solo Performance for a song about how a woman looked, “The Shape of You.”

Lastly, Lorde wore a red dress, with a excerpt from Jenny Holzer (a famous contemporary American artist) stapled to the back of it. She did this to show her support for gender equality, according to Vanity Fair. Watchers showed irritation due to the fact that all of the other people in her category, who were men, were asked to perform and she allegedly wasn’t.

There are also more disappointing highlights, like how only 9.3 percent of Grammy nominations went to women, meaning 90.7 percent of the nominees were men. Even though there are many organizations being created to empower women and help protect them from abuse, society has yet to fully act upon this.