Janelle Monae on Time's Up at Grammys: 'We Come In Peace, But We Mean Business'

Prior to an astonishing performance of "Praying" from Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and Julia Michaels, Janelle Monae took the stage to introduce her and deliver a powerful message to the music industry: "We come in peace, but we mean business."

Speaking to the industry and the world at large regarding the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, Monae said, "To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time's up.... We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well," Monae warned. "Let's work together, women and men, committed to creating safer work environments and equal pay."

Preceding Kesha's performance with Monae's comments is significant. While many women have recently come forward in Hollywood with accusations of sexual harassment and received strong public support, Kesha faced a more skeptical world when she levied allegations against producer Dr. Luke in 2014. But arguably, her willingness to put her career on the line four years ago in a hostile climate helped pave the way for the more supportive environment we now find ourselves in. 


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