Media Controversy • Global Protests Against Violence • DST
Ladies Night at the Grammys. Female artists smashed expectations at the 63rd Grammy Award celebration that took place last Sunday evening. This is the first year that four separate women won the top four Grammy awards. Billie Eilish won record of the year for the second year in a row. Megan Thee Stallion won best new artist and became the first female rapper to win best rap song. Taylor Swift won album of the year, making her the first female performer to win the award three times. H.E.R. won song of the year. Mickey Guyton became the first Black female and solo country singer to earn a nomination in the country category. Last but not least, Beyoncé brought home four more awards, which brings her lifetime total to 28 Grammys, the most of any female artist in history. One more and she will surpass Quincy Jones who has also won 28 awards.
In case you missed it, some of our favorite performances and clips include:
- Meghan Thee Stallion’s amazing first-time Grammy performance, including her performance with Cardi B in WAP.
- Dua Lipa’s performance of “Don’t Start Now” and “Levitating” featuring DaBaby.
- “Leave the Door” Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson, .Paak, and Silk Sonic.
- “Dynamite” by BTS (not the best video, but the best YouTube clip we could find).
- Lil Baby’s powerful performance of “The Bigger Picture.”
- “Rockstar” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch.
- Beyoncé’s emotional speech.
Beyoncé was invited to perform but she declined. Her decision to decline the offer highlights the controversy around the Grammys, which received extra scrutiny this year after Abel Tesfaye of The Weeknd announced that he will begin boycotting the Grammys over their clandestine practices. The failure to nominate The Weeknd is surprising after the song “Blinding Lights” topped music charts around the world and broke records throughout 2020. Tesfaye is has joined a growing list of Black artists who are eschewing the Grammy Awards.
Controversies abound. Condé Nast recently announced that Alexi McCammond would take over as the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. People are protesting the appointment due to McCammond’s previous homophobic and racist anti-Asian tweets that included language such as “googling how not to wake up with swollen, Asian eyes.” These revelations are particularly untenable in the current climate and surge in Anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year. Many have spoken out against Condé Nast’s decision, including Teen Vogue’s staff. This isn’t the first time that Condé Nast has been mired in controversy around issues related to diversity, with the most recent incident involving then editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, and his wife wearing brown face at a Halloween party. The latest move by Condé Nast suggests that they have not learned from their previous mistakes.
Female directors making history. Two weeks ago, female directors made history at the Golden Globes. Two of these directors, Emerald Fennel (Promising Young Woman) and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), have also been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. This marks the first time in the history of the Academy Awards when two women have been nominated at the same time. We can’t wait for the day when something like this isn’t news.
The Global Protest Against Gender-Based Violence
The Day Without Us. Womxn around the world collectively spoke out against violence. In Mexico, womxn went on strike to illustrate what society would look like without them, in light of the fact that nearly 10 womxn are killed every day in their country.
Reclaim These Streets. Protests over sexual violence, harassment, and gender inequality also erupted in Australia in light of the wave of sexual assault allegations tied to Parliament and in the U.K., after law officers mishandled a public vigil for a young woman who was murdered while she was walking home.
Worldwide issue. Gender-based violence isn’t just a problem in Mexico, Australia, and the U.K. The World Health Organization found that nearly 1 in 3 women around the world experience physical or sexual violence over the course of their life. As disturbing as these numbers are, these data exclude reports of violence that occurred during the pandemic, when worldwide reports of domestic violence spiked relative to previous years.
Daylight Saving Time and Our Health
Plenty of grace. Last Sunday, most of the U.S. turned their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. Researchers have found that the seasonal change in time is associated with acute risks to our health and public safety, including an increased risk of car accidents. These risks have been observed for about a week after the time change, so be sure to give yourself plenty of grace if you find yourself feeling disoriented and frustrated this week. Also, fight the urge to stay busy as a numbing strategy. Instead, minimize driving early in the morning and in the late evening, if possible. This is a good week to try soothing activities such as practicing mindfulness during your next workout or while eating. It’s also a good time to monitor your alcohol intake or cut down entirely. If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep, check out these 10 tips for sleep hygiene.
If you have helpful advice, send us an email (email@example.com) or tag us on social media to share your tips with others.