Janelle Monae hit the stage during the 90th Annual Grammy Awards to remind the nation that #TimesUp.
During the awards ceremony, many stars carried or wore white roses to support the movement that hit Hollywood and traveled world wide last year. “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.”
She continued, “We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and human beings. We come in peace but we mean business. And to those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two worde: Times Up.”
We say times up for pay inequality, times up for discrimination, times up for harassment of any kind and times up for the abuse of power. As just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well.”
Janelle, who won a Grammy earlier in the night, then urged the “united music industry” to commit to create “a safe working environment, equal pay and access for all women.”
Following the chilling speech, Monae welcome to the stage Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day to perform “Praying:” an homage to the #MeToo movement.
The emotional performance brought tears to the audiences eyes, including host, James Corden.