The Grammys seemed to be quite male dominated this year — but don’t take it from me, take it from Twitter. The hashtag #GrammysSoMale has been trending since the awards show went down last night.
Zedd collaborator and Best New Artist winner Alesia Cara was the only female to take home an award during the live broadcast, which ran over three hours. Only 11 out of 84 awards were won by women. Furthermore, out of the 899 total people nominated for awards over the last six years, only 9 percent have been women.
And here’s what Twitter had to say about that…
GAGA GOT ROBBED. KESHA GOT ROBBED. SZA GOT ROBBED. LORDE GOT ROBBED. ONLY ONE WOMAN WON IN THE MAJOR CATEGORIES — ALESSIA CARA.
— dan (@theleonpaladin) January 29, 2018
Isn’t it great how the #GRAMMYs claims to be so current & relevant – black outfits.. Time’s Up badges.. white roses.. Kesha giving a moving performance with women on stage..
And yet Every single major award last night was won by a male artist? 🤔
— Karl Booton (@karlbooton) January 29, 2018
Once again, #EdSheeran wins over much stronger female contenders, so instead of #kesha's song about overcoming sexual abuse, we reward another song by a man about a woman's body. #GRAMMYs #metoo #timesup #grammyssomale
— Anya Silver (@AnyaSilverPoet) January 29, 2018
Meanwhile, others had a very different view on #GrammysSoMale…
Get a grip people! It doesn’t have to be divided equally amongst men and women! The person with better talent etc wins. Quit making every little thing something sexist. FFS don’t like it ?? Don’t watch!
That simple 😘#GrammysSoMale
— Jmarie (@jmariec36) January 29, 2018
Recently, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow talked to Variety on the issue, and here’s what he had to say:
“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, and 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 [women] face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”
So, is this a problem with sexism or a problem with the “hearts and souls” of women in music? This tweet really says it all…