Well the Grammys have come and gone this year, but not without some controversy. Lorde made a MeToo statement that was appropriate and done without being disruptive. A letter on the back of her gown made a very powerful statement.
Per Rolling Stone, “The excerpted text, from Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays series, pinned to Lorde’s gown read in full, “Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take coverage for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance can precipitate the overthrow of oppressors. The old and corrupt must be laid to waste before the just can triumph. Contradiction will be heightened. The reckoning will be hastened by the staging of seed disturbances. The apocalypse will blossom.“
Lorde was the only female artist nominated for Best New Album and she was the only artist in that category who wasn’t offered a solo performance during the show. The Recording Academy CEO (The Grammys), Neil Portnow, said after the show, “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, who want to be part of the industry on the executive level… [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, creating opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.” It seems to me that Lorde did step up because she wanted to perform a solo act, as she was the only female artist to be nominated for Best New Album, she should have been accommodated.
It seems to me that with MeToo being a big part of the Grammys this year that by not having Lorde perform at the Grammys they have not truly embraced what MeToo is about and only give lip service to what women want. The fact that so few women have been recognized for their contributions to the music industry is such as stain upon the industry that touches upon the public stage.
Women have shown that they have the abilities to contribute to society as well as Men do and in my humble opinion they should be allowed to without any reservation on anyone’s part.
That is my opinion- Jumpin Jersey Mike