In this year of female empowerment with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements becoming such important parts of our culture, the 2018 Grammy Awards have come under fire for their lack of female representation. In particular, fans are calling out the Grammys for their head-scratching decision to invite the four male Album of the Year nominees to perform solo, but not the only female contender, Lorde.
“There’s no way we can really deal with everybody,” Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich said backstage after being questioned by journalists about Lorde’s absence. “She had a great album. Album of the Year is a big honor, but … sometimes people get left out that shouldn’t. We did the best we can to make sure that it’s a representative and balanced show.”
Recording academy president Neil Portnow added fuel to the fire when he suggested that women simply need to “step up” to the level of men. That comment was in reference to the fact that only one female artist won a Grammy on the live telecast: Alessia Cara for Best New Artist. Hmm, isn’t it possible that the problem instead lies with Grammys voters, and not female artist?
Earlier on Sunday TMZ reported that Lorde declined the option of performing as part of a group tribute to Tom Petty‘s “American Girl.” She wanted to perform solo, just like fellow AOTY nominees Childish Gambino (“Awaken, My Love!”), JAY-Z (“4:44”), Kendrick Lamar (“DAMN.”) and winner Bruno Mars (“24K Magic”) were allowed to do.
Lorde was nominated for the album “Melodrama,” her only bid at the this year’s Grammys. The New Zealand singer-songwriter previously won two 2013 trophies for “Royals”: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
What did YOU think of the 2018 Grammys telecast, hosted by “Late Late Show” star James Corden? Are the Grammys sexist, or is something else to blame? Give us your thoughts down in the comments section.