The Grammys aren´t just about a pretty dress, fashion fails and thank you mum for your support– speeches anymore. This year’s event took place in New York City, hosted by comedian and Carpool Karaoke star James Corden, on 28th January. For 60 years, awards have been granted in over 80 categories to the best musicians from all over the world.
However, for the past years, the Grammys has become much more than that; a stage for showing political dedication.
In 2018 the conferment was filled with political statements of issues of contemporary society with the aim of making the world pay attention to it.
Janelle Monae delivered a powerful speech emphasising on Time´s Up movement – an initiative fighting for women rights, equality and against sexual harassment and abuse of both men and women.
“To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: #Times up. We say Time´s Up for pay inequality discrimination or harassment of any kind and the abuse of power,” Monae declared. She wasn´t the only one, who took the lead and tried to help victims of sexual abuse to empower them to raise their voices.
A great number of stars were showing their support while wearing a white rose – the movement´s symbol – on the Red Carpet. For instance, Lady Gaga, Anna Kendrick, Sam Smith, Rita Ora and the Grammys host himself: James Corden. According to Monae´s words, the community of musicians, singer and songwriters do have the power to shape the culture, to make a difference in people´s minds. It seems to be that, they are willing to use their influence now and work together as a united music industry for creating more safe work environment and stop sexual discrimination.
Among all the supporters of this campaign, another issue was brought into the light of international attention. Before introducing U2´s performance, Camila Cabello didn’t let the chance pass to remind the world of all the children of undocumented immigrants fighting for their right to stay. She referred to herself in an emotional way:
“I´m here on this stage tonight because, just like the DREAMers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up [..]”, and added, “I´m proud Cuban Mexican immigrant, born in Eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can´t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”
She earned huge applause from her popular audience.
With her statement she is referring to the rescindment of Trump´s administration of Obama´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in September in 2017. This decree is supposed to give the children of immigrants – the so – called Dreamers – the possibility to legally obtain a work and stay permit. Till 5th March DACA protects the about 800000 immigrants from being deported. Trump is only willing to extend the decree (nevertheless intensify the laws for legal immigration) in exchange for 25 million US Dollars to realize the establishment of the wall on the border to Mexico, which kind of looks alike with an immigration ban in general.
One more time the Grammys provide their impact on contemporary society. It was about more than being granted for music; it was about dedication for the one´s, who are struggling, putting them first and let the people out there know, that something wrong is happening right now.
Story by: Elisabeth Fitzke/pinkfmonlinegh.com