Thursday, June 17

Grammys 2021 Children’s Music Nominees Ask to Withdraw From Category, Protesting Lack of Diversity – Pitchfork

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to those who listened to All the Ladies why I made the decision to remain on the GRAMMY®️ ballot.

After many conversations with Family Music Forward members and my fellow male nominees, it was collectively determined that removing it from the ballot would be counter to the message of my album and my goal for gender equality and inclusion of women in the music industry.

While I stand in complete solidarity with the goals of FMF, as a woman, receiving a GRAMMY®️ nomination for the first time is a feat. It’s also not just MY nomination. I share this with 20 other women including a female Latina producer and many females in the BIPOC community.

I appreciate everyone’s private messages of support. It has meant the world to have you all by my side during this unprecedented week of deliberation with my fellow nominees. Admittedly, there has been very little celebration and a lot of behind the scenes action to make real change.

My hope is that the talent and the message of the album remain a strong focus and that you’ll join me in the essential conversation of gender inequality and the hugely important fight for the BIPOC community.

– Joanie Leeds


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