It was a big night for the music industry! Not only was it the 60th anniversary of the Grammy’s, but the event was held in New York, NY for the first time in fifteen years. Madison Square Garden was filled with gorgeous gowns, velvet suits, many feathers and hundreds of white roses.
Once again, those with a platform decided to take a stand and raise awareness for #TimesUp – a campaign fighting for equality in the workplace. Almost every man and woman in the building sported some sort of white rose, whether it be on a lapel, in their hair or simply held in their hand. Many spoke of their opinion on the matter in interviews and during acceptance speeches.
One of the most memorable moments of the evening came during Kesha’s performance of “Praying”. Many female artists including Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper and Camilla Cabello stepped out to support not only the message behind Kesha’s song, but the protest behind the night’s event. Every woman wore white to symbolize the roses that each audience member wore. It was a powerful moment and one that is bound to cause controversy.
With only a few more awards shows left in the 2018 season I’m sure we’re bound to see more protesting in the form of silent objects and loud performances. The only question is, how long will it take for this stand to make a difference?