The 60th annual Grammy Awards are set to premiere tonight, Jan. 28. While the Grammys are widely known as a celebration of the best artists in today’s music industry, the awards have commonly been dominated by white people; after all, only 10 black people have won the award for Album of the Year in the Grammys’ 60 year history.
However, things are changing.
This year, for the first time since 1999, not a single white male was nominated for Album of the Year. With the exception of Lorde, all nominees for Album of the Year are people of color. The contenders for Album of the Year are Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Lorde.
Award shows this year have overall been a huge step in a progressive direction. First, black dresses ruled the Golden Globes in support of anti-sexual harassment. Now, the Grammys have not only diversified their nominees, but white roses are among a handful of celebs walking the red carpet, in support of the Time’s Up movement.
Hopefully in the future, movements like Time’s Up will continue to impact not only those on the red carpet, but the viewers at home watching it.