This awards season will be continuing on with another unspoken means of protest. At the Grammys this coming weekend, Billboard has confirmed numerous people in the music industry—musicians, producers, managers, etc.—will be donning white roses as part of their ensembles as a means of supporting the Time’s Up movement. Specifically, the small white roses in question will be very prom-esque in style, being pinned to the lapel of a suit or the side of a dress.
Meg Harkins and Karen Rait, executives in the music industry, told Billboard that their Grammys idea fell into place just earlier this week while over dinner in New York City. They favored a white rose because it’s a “practical and traditional accessory with a symbolic color” (The suffragettes wore white during their protests. Halsey, Rhapsody, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, and Tom Morello are already confirmed to be wearing white roses at the ceremony, with many other prominent musicians are expected to join in over the next few days as well.
“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins explained about her contribution to #MeToo. “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.” Rait, meanwhile, noted the breadth of impact musicians have these days. “It’s only fitting that that music’s biggest night show the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognizant of their fellow employees.”
The duo said they were also inspired by the recent #MeToo “blackout” that occurred at the Golden Globes earlier this month, where actors and actresses exclusively wore black to raise awareness for the movement. How the Grammys red carpet will look on Sunday, well, time will tell.