The Time’s Up campaign has hit the 2018 Grammy Awards, with R&B singer Janelle Monae introducing a female led performance by declaring that, “We come in peace, but we mean business.”
Monae introduced Kesha’s “Praying” performance, which also featured Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andra Day.
“Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman, with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry: artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business.
“We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and human beings.
“And to those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s Up,” she said.
“We say Time’s Up for pay inequality; Time’s Up for discrimination; Time’s Up for harassment of any kind; and Time’s Up for the abuse of power.”
Janelle has previously voiced her concerns about diversity in the music industry, tweeting sections of a recent study that 90% of recent Grammy nominees have been male.
Incredibly, the study found that just 9.3% of nominees between 2013 and 2018 were female.
Watch the powerful speech.