The Time’s Up campaign made its way to the Grammys last night. While stars showed up at The Golden Globes wearing black to show their support of the movement, stars at The Grammys donned white roses. Not only that, but singer Janelle Monae gave a powerful “Time’s Up” introduction to a performance by Kesha and other artists like Andra Day who belted out lyrics to her song “Praying,” a song that is inspired by the pain Kesha herself experienced when she was sexually abused by former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.
Before Kesha and company took the stage, Monae, with a bold and platinum blonde haircut, declared her solidarity in standing with women in her industry who have similar experiences to Kesha’s.
“I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry,” she said. “We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.”
The focus wasn’t just on sexual harassment and assault. The Wondaland label executive proclaimed that time was up on everything.
“We say time’s up for pay inequality, time’s up for discrimination, time’s up for harassment of any kind and time’s up for the abuse of power. Because you see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well.”
People have always said that when we women realize that we are better together than apart, then the world will change. That is exactly the message the 32-year-old was trying to get across.
“Just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well,” she said. “So, let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”