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The Time’s Up movement has transcended into the music world and Janelle Monáe led the charge at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
The “Tightrope” singer spoke on the legal defense fund that assists those affected by sexual assault or harassment before an emotional performance from Kesha. In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke, alleging that he had drugged her and was physically, sexually and mentally abusive — which he denied.
As reported by Us Weekly, Sony denied Kesha’s request to be released from her contract in February 2016 and she dropped the lawsuit in August of that year so she could focus on making new music. Other musicians, including Pink and Kelly Clarkson, have since spoken out against Dr. Luke.
“We come in peace but we mean business,” Monae said. “To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s Up. We say time’s up for pay inequality. We say time’s up for discrimination.”
“Time’s up for harassment of any kind. And time’s up for the abuse of power. Because you see, it’s not just going on in Hollywood. It’s not just going on in Washington. It’s right here in the music industry as well. And just as know that we have the power to shape culture, we are committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”
She closed with a rousing call-to-action for change.
“We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So let’s work together, women and men as a united industry.”