The 1975 use win at the Brit Awards to address misogyny in the music industry
The Brit Awards, the British equivalent to the Grammys, were held last night in London, with the rock band The 1975 taking home the top honours of the night. Their album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, won best British album, and the four-piece also won best British group.
During their acceptance speech for best group, frontman Matt Healy wasted no time in calling out misogyny in the music industry.
"I just want you to listen to me for one sec. A friend of ours, Laura Snapes, said this and I just thought we should all really really think about it," he said before reading a few lines Snapes, a journalist, published in a recent op ed in the Guardian in light of allegations that Ryan Adams was emotionally and verbally abusive to a number of female musicians.
"Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of difficult artists, while women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art," Healy read, quoting Snapes.
Healy didn't mention any artists by name, and let the quote speak for itself, ending his short speech with "thank you very much."
Sadly, that's not the first time Snapes had to write those words. In her piece on Adams, she was actually quoting herself from a 2015 article, when musician Mark Kozelek (a.k.a. Sun Kil Moon) responded to her requests for an interview by, among other things, ad libbing a song about her during his concert in London. "Laura Snapes totally wants to f--k me / get in line, b---h," he sang to the crowd of approximately 1,900.
Snapes reacted to Healy on Twitter following his speech, writing that she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use this platform to make this statement."
Oh my god. Eight-year-old me is dying. <a href="https://twitter.com/Truman_Black?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Truman_Black</a> just read from my Ryan Adams piece at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BRITS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BRITS</a>. I am gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement <a href="https://t.co/mVx3lqCwkU">https://t.co/mVx3lqCwkU</a>—@laurasnapes
Snapes and Healy appeared together the next day, as well as musician Héloïse Letissier of Christine and the Queens, on a post-Brit Awards show for Apple's Beats radio.
💙 <a href="https://t.co/fcMGB7T07I">pic.twitter.com/fcMGB7T07I</a>—@laurasnapes
The 1975 also performed their song Sincerity is Scary during the Brit Awards broadcast, which you can watch below.