Lorde Just Clapped Back at the GRAMMYs and It Is Fire

We're really wishing we could "like" her tweet more than once TBH...

Lorde Grammy performance: NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Recording artist Lorde performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Lorde performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall (Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Album of the year is easily one of the most coveted honours awarded at the GRAMMYs, but not all the 2018 nominees were treated equally.

A bit of background: The GRAMMY Awards have a history of being excessively male-dominated. In an industry that has seen groundbreaking female performers including Diana Ross and Judy Garland, Taylor Swift and her royal highness Beyoncé, a recent study showed that GRAMMY Award nominees have been historically, overwhelmingly male. Out of the 899 artists nominated in the last six years, less than 10 percent were women. LESS THAN 10 PERCENT.

This stat hit particularly close to home for Sonja Yelich, mother of Ella Yelich-O’Connor a.k.a. Lorde. Yelich tweeted a printed story from the New York Times highlighting the study’s findings with the caption “This says it all.” The print story not only quoted the absolutely infuriating stats, but also highlighted that Lorde was not only the only woman nominated for Album of the Year, but she was also not given the same opportunities as her male nominees.

Traditionally, all of the artists nominated for Album of the Year perform during the GRAMMY Awards. Nominees Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars (who ultimately won the award) and Kendrick Lamar took the stage and Jay-Z declined a performance spot—but Lorde was presented with a different option all together. According to Variety, Lorde was only approached to perform alongside other artists, but not solo. Translation: even though Lorde worked hard to earn a spot at the table, she is still not being served the same respect. Cool guys, it’s 2018.

As some social media users pointed out, the sexist snub is particularly stanky because of the Time’s Up movement in the entertainment industry, pushing to end inequality and sexual harassment. Many of the attendees at the GRAMMYs are wearing white roses in support of the movement.

The day following the seriously sexist GRAMMYs, Lorde announced her upcoming world tour on Twitter—and threw some shade at the award show in the process. “If you’re debating whether or not I can murder a stage…come see it for urself,” she tweeted in all caps with a angel emoji.

So while the GRAMMY red carpet was full of white roses showing solidarity for the fight against sexism, this whole situation with Lorde proves that there is still a long way to go.


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