Male artists explained why they were wearing white roses to the Grammys — and people loved it

Sam Smith and Nick Jonas were among those who voiced support for the movement. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

  • Networks backlash after not asking men on the Golden Globes’ red carpet about their support for #MeToo and Time’s Up
  • At Sunday’s Grammy Awards’ red carpet, E! asked both men and women about their support for the movements.
  • Artists including Sam Smith and Nick Jonas shared their thoughts.

Networks faced backlash following the Golden Globes for how they handled the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. any were saddened to see that hosts neglected to ask any men about their thoughts on Time’s Up.

At tonight’s Grammy Awards, however, E! seemed to take notice of the backlash they received and began asking artists of all gender identities about the white roses and pins they wore in support of the movement. From Nick Jonas to Sam Smith, Seacrest and Rancic had no hesitation asking the artists why they support the movements.

After discussing his music, Ryan Seacrest asked Smith, “I see you with the white rose. What do you hope comes of the conversation after tonight and into the weeks and months to go?”

Smith responded, “I hope we get better and I just hope we keep striving forward towards equality for absolutely everyone in every situation …We need that as a community and the world needs it now.”

When Jonas stopped by the carpet, he told Seacrest, “As a man, it’s important to listen.”

Fans seemed to be happy that male artists were not only wearing white roses but having the chance to speak about the causes.

E! also ensured to ask many women about their thoughts and support of #MeToo and #TimesUp as well. Among those asked were Cyndi Lauper who made sure to mention that “women make up 51% of the workforce and it’s about time we are paid equally.”

Explaining how marginalized she felt amongst the plethora of men in the industry, from other artists to producers, singer Bebe Rexha told E!, “I want to support other girls. I don’t want to compete. I want to uplift and make room for other girls coming in.”

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