Grammy Awards: Where My Girls At?

By Arielle Egozi

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Image via CBS

 

Bruno Mars, like, won the evening, taking home all six major awards while Kesha had us ugly-crying over her performance (snot on our sleeves furreal). Cardi B shared with E!’s Giuliana Rancic that she had butterflies in her stomach “and vagina,”  and we *literally* peed waterfalls into our undies.

There were a lot of fluids in general happening over at our place last night. But that wasn’t what this year was about, at least not for us.

Blue Ivy shut down the internet when she told her parents to stop clapping.
She’s the only person in the world who would tell Beyonce & Jay-Z to be quiet.

Ladies weren’t decked out in black like at the Golden Globes (unless you count Bey’s Black Panther-inspired all black errthang), but supporters of #MeToo and #TimesUp in the music industry decided to wear something else — a white rose to symbolize “hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.” Lorde even wore a feminist poem stitched to her dress. Get it, girl.  

Meanwhile, reporters and websites were glad to *finally* have some style back on the red carpet… but wait… isn’t the ENTIRE point of these movements to show that female stars aren’t here to simply perform for fashion?

In an interview with the New York Times ahead of the Golden Globes, Eva Longoria shared her frustration with awards shows and the entertainment industry in general. This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” she said. “For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”

So, as a reminder for when you’re done flipping through those pics of gorgeous gowns (hey, no shame — we spent half the morning doing the same thing), check out these stats:

According to a USC study, 90.7% of Grammy nominees from 2012 - 2018 were male. 98% of credited producers across the top surveyed songs were men. ONLY TWO WOMEN OF COLOR HAD PRODUCTION CREDITS (scream with me plz), and 95.7% of songs had NO female production credits whatsoever — like, not just at the Grammys. This is including allllll of Billboard’s top songs from those years, too. (If you’re more of a visual person, check out these charts from Glamour.)

Yo, this is a prooooblem.

Think back to last night: SZA was one of the few women who actually got nominated — for 6 awards, no less — and she didn’t win a.single.one. Lorde was the only woman nominated for Album of the Year, and she was the only one who wasn’t asked to perform. Ed Sheeran was the only male nominated for best pop solo performance in a rare twist… yet what’s not a twist is that he won.

*baby eye roll*

When asked to make a comment about the apparent snubs, Grammy President Neil Portnow said women need to “step up”... riiiiight.

I think they would be welcome,” he told reporters. “I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face.”

Well, Mr. Portnow — our girl Cardi B put it best last night when talking about some of the “brick walls” women face in the industry.

“I can get you on a billboard,” she said, mimicking a male exec. “Whoops, there’s my penis.”

Soooo because we’re out here trying to break down our own walls (literally) by normalizing periods, we made a playlist (a playlist!) with some of the badass babes that were nominated last night, and some badass babes that should have been (we think, anyway).

Who did you want to see win a Grammy this year? What were your fave songs of 2017? Drop your comments (and the mic) below!