How The Music Industry Will Support Time's Up At This Year's Grammy Awards

"It's very important that we stay on their message."

Many attendees at the recent Golden Globes wore black to show their support for the Time's Up movement against sexual abuse, both in and out of Hollywood. Some stars even offered up their outfits to be auctioned off for the cause. But the issues Time's Up was created to address go beyond the film and television industry. That's why guests at this weekend's Grammys will have their own way of showing support.


Attendees at music's biggest night are encouraged wear white roses to the event, in a demonstration planned by Meg Harkins of Roc Nation and Karen Rait of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records. According to Billboard, Harkins and Rait joined a dozen other women in music to decide on the white rose — the color white has long been symbolic of the suffragettes

"We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy and resistance," reads a letter from Voices in Entertainment, the group formed by the women involved, according to People. They're asking members of the music industry to join in the demonstration.

Harkins told Billboard that the white rose movement "grew like wildfire" after the women reached out to people they knew. Artists including Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Dua Lipa, and Cyndi Lauper have reportedly "signed on in support of the demonstration." (Halsey herself gave a powerful speech about her sexual assault experience at the Women's March this past weekend.)

"It's very important that we stay on their message," Rait said of honoring the Time's Up mission. The Hollywood initiative was announced on January 1, in a letter signed by more than 300 women in entertainment. The movement includes a legal defense fund for survivors.

They also acknowledged that these issues affect the music industry as well. "It is an important conversation politically in our country and it's also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies," said Harkins. "We need to say if anyone is feeling like they're being discriminated against and they don't feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them." 


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