#GrammysSoMale: The Grammy Awards Were A Sexist Mess

#GrammysSoMale is the new #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag started trending after the Grammy Awards on Sunday when only one of the nine main prizes went to a woman, 21-year-old Alessia Cara who won the award for best new artist. Every other major prize went to a man.

Out of a total 84 awards this year, only 11 went to women.

This is nothing new. The New York Times noted that in the last six years, of the 899 people nominated for the awards, only 9 percent of them were women.

According to the Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow, the trend has nothing to do with cultural biases or institutional barriers. No, instead he believes women just need to “step up” and try harder if they want to be recognized for their achievements. Needless to say, people were not happy.

That’s not the only reason #GrammysSoMale started trending. There were also some very specific snubs on Sunday night that led people to think it was more than a coincidence that so many women went home empty handed.

Despite being this year’s most-nominated woman, with five Grammy nominations—Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance—SZA left the Grammys without a single award.

Lorde, the only woman nominated for Album of the Year, was also the only Album of the Year nominee who was not asked to give a solo performance at the show. She was only offered part of the group performance for Tom Petty tribute.

Portnow said they had to “create a show that has balance,” which apparently does not include the only female best album nominee.

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said, “I don’t know if it was a mistake…There’s no way we can really deal with everybody.”

There was, mysteriously, plenty of time for Sting.

Another source of outrage was Ed Sheeran’s win for Best Pop Solo Performance. The only man in the category, Sheeran’s “Shape of You” somehow snagged a win against the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Gaga and P!nk.

Ed Sheeran is fine. His songs are catchy, but that’s really it. He’s not doing anything earth-shattering or thought-provoking. He is every teenage girl’s musician boyfriend in flannel and sneakers, except he somehow ended up famous. His voice is much better than mine but certainly not the best in the industry and his lyrics are often just sexist tropes and toxic masculinity.

And yet his song about loving the shape of a woman’s body (original!) somehow beat Kesha’s “Praying,” a song about healing and forgiveness and grace with a high note that brought people to literal tears. Any one of the women nominated would have been more deserving of the award than Sheeran. Sheeran is fine. But he is not the best.

Which is exactly what makes people so angry about award shows like the Grammys. The best performances don’t go home with awards. The best performances as decided through a white, male lens do.

Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi

61 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Tks for sharing.

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Winn A
Winn Adams9 months ago

I like what Pink said to him.

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Winn A
Winn Adams9 months ago

Petition Signed

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Barbara M
Past Member 9 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Angela J
Angela J9 months ago

Thanks

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John B
John B9 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Janis K
Janis K9 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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kathy bonard
kathy bonard9 months ago

What is up with this world?People should win Grammys on merit not because they are men/women,black/white.Ed Sheeran is talented not my cup of tea but still talented.The music today is a lot to be desired,false too much technology to make a bad voice acceptable.Original artists should be able to win because they are exceptional.Most female artists can't sing live,play their own instruments or write songs.There I have said it,and I am female.bring back women song writers that aren't all hype.

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Joseph B
Joseph B9 months ago

I'm more offended by the fact that pop music is so f**king vacuous, mediocre, and outright awful! Women, men, all producing garbage, while ACTUAL musicians and artists are ignored by mainstream entertainment media. I don't watch this show and I don't give a damn about 90% of the terrible performers they want to shove down our throats through the sell-out commercial radio stations.

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Karen Swenson
Karen Swenson9 months ago

@Martin Hill--"Why can't folk be picked for their ability and not their sex?" Yeah, Martin, Why can't they?

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