The Grammys may have been two days ago, but we're still not over it. Actually, we're just not over the fact that when it came to women and the music industry, they really were the powerhouse vocalists of 2017 and they weren't really acknowledged at the award show. And honestly, I'm not trying to discredit the men in any way. Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, they all had a great year, too. But in light of the Time's Up movement, viral hashtag #MeToo and the equality that we as women are striving for, the Grammys missed the damn mark. They particularly got people, and myself, in a total uproar when Ed won the Best Pop Solo Performance award for his track, "Shape of You."
Let's drive one point home. I'm not upset with Ed that he won. He did work hard and the song was super popular and very mainstream. I mean, at one point you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing it on several different stations playing. But, Ed was up against four other women whose songs were emotional, meaningful and represented the direction we've been trying to move in. There were real stories that were heartbreaking and in Kesha's case, life-threatening. "Shape of You" literally details a night out with the boys who are looking for girls. Don't @ me here, but it's nothing like the content we see in Lady Gaga's track, "Million Reasons" or Kesha's soul-crushing song, "Praying."
Kelly Clarkson was also nominated in the same category for her track, "Love So Soft" alongside P!nk for her song, "What About Us." And let's just make it clear, that all of those women showed up at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Ed was not there. He wasn't even around to accept his award. He posted a message on his Instagram account with the caption, "Woke up to the news I won two grammys last night. Thank you ! This little fluff-ball is doing a bit of a celebratory dance, lots of love to everyone xx."
Ed was reportedly booed by people in the audience after his name was called. It's unclear who showed their distaste for his win, but it happened and we're not surprised. There are so many factors here that make this win incredibly bittersweet. Sweet on his end, bitter on ours.
The fact that he took home the trophy as the rest of the women in this category sat in the audience and watched it all unfold is so disheartening. Kesha performed her Grammy-nominated track, "Praying" later on in the show and literally ended the whole thing in tears and a group hug from other well-known faces who accompanied her. They dressed in white, bringing even more awareness to the Time's Up and #MeToo movements. Lady Gaga performed "Million Reasons" as well and she nailed it, naturally. It's just incredibly mindblowing that the women in this category were so easily snubbed.
I'm not being biased, but HOW could the academy not have given it to Kesha? For those who don't know, her song is about overcoming the sexual, physical and verbal assault she endured from big-time music producer, Dr. Luke. Her case has been seemingly going on for years after no one believed her when she made the claims. In a time when we are all supporting each other and getting the word out there that no one should be ashamed to tell their story, the Grammys really got it wrong when they named Ed the winner. For Kesha, or really any of the other women in the category to win, it would have meant so much. It would have symbolized that this movement and the Time's Up initiative is working. It would have meant that people are listening. It's not enough to wear a black dress or hold a white rose. Those are just things. It's time the powerful people in the music industry and every industry for that matter don the rose AND give women the acknowledgement they deserve.