Amidst the fun of the Grammys, the award show took a serious tone addressing two important issues: sexual harassment and immigration reform. Singer Janelle Monae delivered a poignant speech on the Time’s Up movement. Speaking to the crowd at Madison Square Garden she demanded justice for her and her sisters:
“We say Time’s Up for pay inequality, discrimination, or harassment of any kind, and the abuse of power. Just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well.”
She then introduced a powerful performance of Kesha’s hit, “Praying” performed alongside hit-makers, Julia Michaels, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Cyndi Lauper, and Bebe Rexha. Following their emotional show, Cabello took the stage to make a passionate plea on behalf of the Dreamers – whose future in the U.S. is currently in limbo until Congress passes DACA legislation.
“Tonight in this room full of music’s dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream. I’m here on this stage tonight because just like the dreamers my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up, and honestly, no part of my journey is any different from theirs. I’m a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”
Considering the DACA program will end by March if Congress doesn’t create a legislative fix, this matter needs our attention now more than ever. Fans were thrilled to see Cabello use this platform to remind us all that immigrants are what make this country great and to keep fighting and putting pressure on Congress for immigration reform.
— América Hernández (@americahv12) January 29, 2018