Sunday night鈥檚 2018 Grammy Awards came with a few moments of unforgettable female empowerment. Janelle Monae鈥檚 impassioned Time鈥檚 Up speech, for example, put the movement against sexual harassment and assault in the spotlight. And Kesha鈥檚 triumphant performance of 鈥淧raying鈥 brought viewers (and the audience) to tears. But with rumors that Album of the Year nominee Lorde wasn鈥檛 given a solo performance slot, and most women getting shut out of the major categories altogether, it was, ultimately, a #GrammysSoMale affair.

During the live 3.5-hour Grammys broadcast, Alessia Cara was the only solo female artist to make her way to the podium to accept an award. Rihanna was onstage with Kendrick Lamar to accept their Best Rap/Sung Performance Grammy for 鈥淟oyalty,鈥 but every other trophy presented during the main televised ceremony went to a male artist.

R&B singer SZA, who had a breakout year with her album CTRL and was nominated for five awards, went home empty handed, even as her highly anticipated performance was saved for late in the show. And the Best Pop Vocal Performance award went to Ed Sheeran, the only man in a category that was otherwise dominated by women, including Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Lady Gaga, and Kesha, who was nominated for 鈥淧raying,鈥 a song that not only more than delivers performance wise, but also, at the height of the Me Too movement, feels more meaningful than ever. (The crowd at Madison Square Garden reportedly booed聽the results. Sheeran wasn鈥檛 at the ceremony to accept.)

The night鈥檚 big prize, meanwhile, went to Bruno Mars. Lorde was the only female artist nominated for Album of the Year, and just hours before the show started, reports surfaced that she was also聽the only one of the nominees in that category who wasn鈥檛聽asked to do a solo performance.

The numbers don鈥檛 lie: In the end, only 11 of the 84 total awards (most of which were presented during a pre-telecast ceremony) went to women. And as Monae pointed out before the show, 90.7 percent of nominees between 2013 and 2018 were male, meaning just 9.3 percent were women.

People were, at the very least, uninspired by the night鈥檚 support for female talent, and at the most, livid. Many thought the Recording Academy, the body behind the Grammys, was happy to use the women who were nominated as political talking points on the show, but unwilling to recognize them otherwise.

Given the discussions of inequality that have dominated awards season 鈥 the Grammys鈥 own red carpet was full of white roses in support of the Time鈥檚 Up movement 鈥 many expected more. Following the show, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was asked about the imbalance, and he said that women need to 鈥渟tep up鈥 more.

鈥淚t has to begin with鈥omen who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level,鈥 he told Variety, seeming to entirely overlook the historic imbalance of power and marginalization of non-male voices. 鈥淸They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don鈥檛 have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it鈥檚 upon us 鈥 us as an industry 鈥 to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.鈥

One Twitter user suggested that, next year, women 鈥get nominated for all the 2019 Grammys鈥 and then protest the previous exclusion by sitting out the show entirely. While that鈥檚 not likely to happen, it would certainly send a message 鈥 one that the Academy still has yet to fully receive.

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