Here’s Why Artists Are Wearing White Roses to the 2018 Grammy Awards
The list of musicians and attendees who will wear white roses at the 2018 Grammy Awards is quickly growing. The accessory is the music community's way of showing support for the movement against sexual harassment.
Thus far Kelly Clarkson is the only artist with country music ties that has announced plans to wear a white rose to the 2018 Grammy Awards on Jan. 28. Pop and hip-hop stars like Halsey, Rita Ora and Rapsody, as well as rocker Tom Morello and legend Cyndi Lauper, have all confirmed they'll wear a white rose as part of a demonstration of solidarity for the #TimesUp movement.
The theme echoes the all-black coordination at the 2018 Golden Globes earlier this month and keeps the central purpose of the cause at the forefront of the conversation. A quickly-assembled group of executives and luminaries called Voices in Entertainment met and decided on the white rose strategy. The Hollywood Reporter reports that it was chosen because it's practical, traditional and symbolic. The suffragettes wore white roses during their protests, and Hillary Clinton wore a white rose during Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.
Organizers Meg Harkins and Karen Rait say they've been working with the #TimesUp movement organizers to keep the message consistent. "We need to say if anyone is feeling like they're being discriminated against and they don't feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them," Harkins tells the Hollywood Reporter.
Taste of Country has reached out to several country artists to see who might be participating in the white rose demonstration at the 2018 Grammys, which air live from New York City at 8PM ET on CBS this Sunday.
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