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If you missed the 60th annual Grammy Awards last night, you missed a star-studded night dedicated, above all, to men, with just one of the top nine award categories handing a statue to a women.
Bruno Mars swept the three biggest categories; the lone top-tier female winner was 21-year-old Alessia Cara, who won the Grammy for Best New Artist.
In total, just 11 of the 84 winners were women.
The awards show also managed to cram its commentary about the ongoing #MeToo movement into one tidy segment, which involved Kesha singing the song “Praying,” written about her years-long legal battle against her own alleged abuser, the producer Dr. Luke.
It’s a disappointment, particularly given the fact that this year’s crop of Grammy nominees was its most diverse field of competitors ever, with the seven most-nominated artists being people of color and no white men being nominated for Album of the Year for the first time since 1999.
Lucky for us, Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys, is on top of this problem. Speaking with reporters last night, he pointed the blame at...women.
“I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and their souls — who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on an executive level — to step up, because I think they would be welcome,” Portnow said.
- In a wide-ranging sit-down between friends, Donald Trump told sentient waste receptacle Piers Morgan, “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist,” and said he does in fact occasionally tweet from bed.
- The State of the Union is happening tomorrow evening. Expect Trump to read from a teleprompter, be praised for sounding very presidential, and for the Resistance to embrace a literal Kennedy, who’s tasked with the onerous task of giving the Democratic response.
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