Marni Manning - Artist

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2018: The Year of the Woman

January 31, 2018

The Grammy Awards! Ordinarily, another Hollywood event for the beautiful people; to tell each other how gorgeous they look, how fabulous they sound, and a way for old grievances to be aired in dramatic ways (Kanye stepping on Taylor's toes, anyone?)

 

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards (held Sunday, January 28 in NYC, hosted by James Cordon) did not disappoint. Everyone looked gorgeous, and sounded fabulous, yes - and the grievances aired? Came in the form of a white rose donned by many, with an emotionally raw performance of "Praying" by Kesha.

 

2017 opened the door to the conversation for the "Me too," and "Time's Up" movements; a way for abused and victimized women to speak out against sexual assault and harassment. As a woman who has dealt with sexual harassment, I'm ecstatic that our society is ready to listen. It's my hope that these celebrity events and hashtags will create space for conversation, will open eyes and stir hearts, and ultimately cause people to consider their words and actions more carefully.

 

The Golden Globes held in early January was attended by celebrities wearing all black in solidarity for the movement, and the Grammys continued the trend, this time symbolized by a white rose, worn on lapels and gowns alike. 

 

The evening featured strong, powerful, and serious performances by Lady Gaga, Pink, and Kesha (joined by an all-star cast, including Camilla Cabello and Cyndi Lauper) and a gracious Janelle Monáe gave a moving speech.

 

I created a little self-initiated project, in an effort to stay culturally relevant, but also because I'm glad that we're finally having conversations about the injustices that caused "Me too." Here are some of the Grammy winners from Sunday night. These are watercolor portraits with a limited palette. I used mainly neutral tones, with colorful pops of violet. Shinhan watercolor was the paint brand of choice, painted on Arches Aquarelle watercolor paper.

 

 Ed Sheeran: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance

 Donald Glover, "Childish Gambino": Best Traditional R&B Performance

 Bruno Mars: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance

 Alessia Cara: Best New Artist

Shakira: Best Latin Pop Album "El Dorado"

 

Kendrick Lamar: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Compilation

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