For women in rock music, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards show was kind of a big night. Operative word here? "Night." Despite a cadre of female musicians taking home the trophies Sunday evening, the history they made by doing so points to the fact that the Academy still has a ways to go when it comes to giving women who rock their due.
So who nabbed the golden gramophones last night? (You know, aside from Sam Smith who is basically Adele now.)
First, there was Paramore, who scored their very first Grammy Sunday night: Best Rock Song for "Ain't It Fun," off their transformative self-titled fourth studio record. Having been nominated for an award for each of their four albums in the past, it was about time that Hayley Williams and Co. took home a trophy.
"TWEETING FROM THE AFTERLIFE!!!!!! WE JUST WON A MOTHER FREAKIN GRAMMY. AHHHHHHHHH!!!" Williams tweeted after their win, which was announced before the main show began. Taylor Swift also joined in on the all-caps symphony, and there was generally much merrymaking around the acquisition of the golden sippy cup.
Yes, it was a big night for Paramore, but it was also the first time since 1999 that a female-fronted act was honored with that award. Let's say that again: Apparently no woman has managed to write a rock song worthy of a trophy in roughly 16 years. Sixteen years? That's basically a Lorde.
Moreover, Paramore is only one of three female-fronted acts to score Best Rock Song since its inception (Alanis Morissette has won twice, Tracy Chapman once). As for the Best Rock Album category -- well, no woman has won since Sheryl Crow in 1999. Let's just blame that oversight on Y2K, OK? The alternative is just too depressing.
And the hits, they just keep coming. St. Vincent also made history last night when she won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music album for her excellent self-titled release -- that history being that she's only the second female-fronted act to EVER take home that honor. One word, guys: Really?
According to the Academy, we haven't seen St. Vincent's equal since 1991, when Sinéad O'Connor won for I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. Guess Björk, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Neko Case and the scores of other talented women making music in this category just need to step up their game, huh?
The Grammy stage was brimming last night with amazing female musicians -- from Rihanna to Beyoncé to Madonna to Katy Perry. Unfortunately, not enough of them took the stage to accept awards -- and for those in the rock category, it's been way too long.