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Grammys 2018: Only one woman won a main award despite #metoo, the championing of gender pay equality

Alessia Cara won Best New Artist in a night largely dominated by male winners

Clarisse Loughrey
Monday 29 January 2018 09:32
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Janelle Monae gives passionate speech in support of Time's Up at the Grammys 2018

The 2018 Grammys found itself bracing a strange gulf: on the one hand, the visible support for the Time's Up and #MeToo movement on show, on the other, the lack of women recognised in the main categories.

Alessia Cara was the only female artist to walk away with a major prize, winning Best New Artist, with only 17 awards (out of a total of 86) going to women or female-fronted bands.

The most-nominated woman of the night, SZA, failed to rack up any awards; with prominent artists Lady Gaga, Kesha, and Lorde also missing out on wins.

Bruno Mars was the night's biggest winner, taking home a total of seven awards, including Album of the Year for 24K Magic and Record of the Year for "That's What I Like".

Time's Up continued to be a central conversation on the red carpet. While Golden Globes attendees chose to wear black in support of the movement, Grammy attendees were asked to wear white roses.

It was an attitude that found reflection in the show itself, with Kesha delivering a soul-stirring performance of "Praying", dedicating the moment to survivors of sexual assault. The song originally marked her first release since coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against producer Dr. Luke.

Her performance was introduced by Janelle Monae, who noted: "We come in peace but we mean business. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: Time's Up. We say Time's Up for pay inequality, discrimination or harassment of any kind, and the abuse of power."

"Let's work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women."

You can read the full list of Grammy winners here.

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