The 2018 Grammy Awards have come and gone, and this year’s presentations were marked with the presence of a conspicuous white rose in the arm or the lapel of many celebs in attendance.
Last night’s Grammy’s were a sea of roses as celebrities from all walks of life wore a white rose to signal their support of the Time’s Up movement. The specific fashion choice follows in the same footsteps as the earlier Golden Globe Awards where many celebrities wore black for the very same reason.
The white rose was chosen Voice In Entertainment, a group founded by female recording and music executives who wrote a letter to Grammy attendees asking for their support by wearing the flower.
“As we are inspired by the #timesup campaign, we are encouraging the artists that we work with and our colleagues attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City to wear a white rose to the ceremony on Sunday, January 28th,” reads the letter. “We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy, and resistance.”
Many, if not most, of the celebs in attendance took the group up on their offer, either wearing or holding white roses, or simply adorning their lapels with a white rose pin.
To start there was Cardi B, who paired her snow white rose with an equally white dress, and Lady Gaga, who appeared solemn to the point of severe in her billowing black dress with intricate embroidery. The rose was worn on Gaga’s shoulder along with a Time’s Up pin.
Janelle Monáe eschewed an actual rose for a more stylish white rose pin which she attached to her stylish floral motif suit just above the Time's Up pin.
Singer-songwriter Pink was in attendance along with her entire family, and everyone was wearing the white pin in solidarity with Time’s Up. Other great musicians included Kelly Clarkson, Kendrick Lamar, Anna Kendrick, Nick Jonas, Camila Cabello, and Ne-Yo.
With so many celebs taking up the cause in such a fashionable way, one wonders how many celebrities will be so eager to show their support if the requirement were to wear something far less swanky, like a severed octopus tentacle or polka dot dress. Although probably neither of those would stop Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus.
However, not everyone in attendance was wearing the white rose. Elton John, Jaden Smith, Rihanna, Katie Holmes, Ashanti, Rick Ross, Big Sean, and Donald Glover. Guess they either didn’t get the memo, think the whole thing is silly, or they’re not as against harassment and assault in the entertainment industry as everyone else.