Janelle Monae Gave a Powerful #TimesUp Speech at the 2018 Grammys 

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Janelle Monae inspired women around the world with her 2018 Grammys’ speech in honor of the Time’s Up movement.

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Janelle used her voice to introduce Kesha’s performance of “Praying” with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha.

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“Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman, with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry — artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business, We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: #Timesup. We say Time’s Up for pay inequality, discrimination or harassment of any kind, and the abuse of power,” Monae said.

Janelle then added, “We come in peace, but we mean business. It’s not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well. She continued, “And just as we have the just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So, 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.”

Celebrities have been at the center of movements like Time’s Up and #MeToo that have put the spotlight on the treatment of women and gender inequality.