Best: Janelle Monáe Calls "Time's Up" on the Music Industry
In a short, incisive speech before Kesha's triumphant performance of "Praying," Janelle Monáe delivered a steely-eyed message to those still fighting to protect music-business status quo: "Time's up." (A pin attached to the lapel of her sleek, flower-printed Dolce & Gabbana tux echoed the sentiment.) "We come in peace," she said, "but we mean business. ... We say time's up for pay inequality, time's up for discrimination, time's up for harassment of any kind, and time's up for the abuse of power. Because, you see, it's not just going on in Hollywood, it's not just going on in Washington – it's right here in our industry as well. And 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." Simple yet elegant, the statement put the music industry on blast/notice – and, one hopes, served as an inspiration to those watching at home, too.