2018 definitely marks a new era for everyone. The start of the year was greeted by an award show turned protest, The Golden Globes. Now every big award ceremony is becoming an outlet for different movements. Why wouldn’t it? With millions of people watching all over the world, these type of events are the perfect platform to highlight these causes. Many artists finally made use of their voice to shed light to the real problems the world is facing right now, from slamming the government to movement’s like #MeToo and #TimesUp, people are now giving more attention to these issues.
The 60th Grammy Awards was nothing short of powerful messages with the most diverse batch of nominees. Majority of the artists showed up wearing a white rose, representing solidarity with the movements regarding sexual misconduct, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. Making sure their voices will be heard, artists took the stage, took advantage of the spotlight and gave inspiring messages with their performances and speeches.
The ceremony started strong with Kendrick Lamar opening the show with a performance that slams the current state US government. He started his performance rapping the lyrics of “XXX” to the beat of “Lust,” a rap with a line that goes “hopin’ election wasn’t true.” The performance then goes on with Dave Chapelle appearing on stage saying: “The only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America.” He finishes the performance with the sound of gunshots as each dancers fall on the floor. A performance that reminds people that the Black Lives Matter movement is still alive.
Proving time and time again that the #TimesUp movement will not go away any time soon, the movement took the spotlight as Janelle Monae went up the stage. She is wearing a Time’s Up pin and spoke as “a young woman with me fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry.” She introduced Kesha’s performance of “Praying,” which was joined by Cyndi Lauer, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and more women who stood with them. In tears and in the midst of hugging each other, the performance empowers other women making it the #MeToo moment of the night.
To lighten everyone’s mood, Corden again took a jab at Trump. He showed a skit with different artists auditioning for the audio book of “Fire and Fury,” the controversial book roasting Donald Trump. John Legend, Cher, Cardi B and other artists gave it a shot, but the star of the skit was Hillary Clinton. Her being the standard-bearer of the Democratic, and Trumps direct competitor, being chosen to narrate “Fire and Fury” just added to the skits overall satires feel.
This year’s Grammy Awards just proved Oprah’s statement: “This marks a new era”. Humanity has finally awakened and the revolution is starting. As people get empowered to speak up, it will only progress from here. All of these issues are not limited to the US, it is happening all over the world. Women, children, the minorities, these people are struggling everyday and by speaking up is how we help them. These movements are not made for a group of people; it’s for each and every one of our rights. Do your part, start with yourself then your country and then the world. Let’s all make a living environment with no discrimination and no hate.
With the changes in award ceremonies, other wide reaching shows should also make the change. It’s a change that could benefit us all. “Just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So let’s work together, women and men.” Janelle Monae says as she talks about #TimesUp and indeed we can. As celebrities get involved, these matters become global, and with the combined effort of everyone, it’ll only be a matter of time before we can finally see an environment safe for all.