Pop star and LGBTI ally Ariana Grande celebrated International Women’s Day (8 March) by dropping a video interlude focused on intersectional feminism.
The Video Interlude
The interlude was part of her 2017 Dangerous Woman tour, but was never previously released. Titled Female, it is a rejection of sexism and gender stereotypes.
Grande dropped the interlude on Twitter. She explained that fans have been asking for its release since it was first displayed during her 2017 concerts. The video features Grande posing for a camera. Phrases like ‘empowered,’ ‘strong,’ ‘not asking for it,’ and ‘sexual’ are interjected on top of the imagery.
Though the title of the video is ‘Female,’ which many non-cisgender women may read as exclusionary, Grande took to Twitter to ensure fans that this video was for everyone.
‘Happy International Women’s Day every day to women of every color, shape, size, sexuality, age, religion, trans, cis, and all who identify,’ Grande’s caption to the video reads. ‘U are everything and I’m proud of u everyday.’
In the Tweets that followed, Grande continued to emphasize the need for inclusivity in feminism.
‘Just a reminder u aren’t celebrating women today or ever unless u including al [sic] kindsa women but wbk,’ on Tweet read, ending with an acronym for ‘we been knew.’
‘It ain’t feminism if it ain’t intersectional,’ another Tweet reads.
Watch the video interlude below:
we made this for the dwt and you’ve been asking for it since happy international women’s day every day to women of every color, shape, size, sexuality, age, religion, trans, cis, and all who identify ! u are everything and i’m proud of u everyday. female by @HANNAHLUXDAVISpic.twitter.com/pQkNiPSU3d
How many female artists do you listen to? How many non-binary artists do you listen to?
Equalising Music Pledge is a movement to ‘shift the diversity dial and push for greater gender balance in the music industry.’
Only 17% of PRS for Music’s registered songwriters are female, the gender pay gap at major music companies averaged at 30% and only 15% of labels are majority owned by women.
Since Smirnoff first launched Equalising Music in 2017, there has been a growing response to the vital need for inclusivity and representation for women both on stage and behind the scenes.
UK radio host Annie Mac came out in support of the campaign today. She’s performed at some of the world’s best festivals: Lovebox and Creamfields in the UK, Ultra in Miami, Dalt Villa in Ibiza, and Coachella in Palm Springs.
Annie explained: ‘The music industry is still embarrassingly lopsided when it comes to gender parity. We are all acutely aware of the enormous contribution women make to this business, and yet there’s still so much work to be done to ensure they’re embraced and championed, both in front of and behind the scenes.’
But not only should everyone be backing female artists more, they should also be backing non-binary and trans artists.
So, we’re here to help. Here are 30 amazing queer women and non-binary people in the music industry who you should be listening to.
Find a playlist of all mentioned artists at the bottom of the article.
Artists you may already know
St Vincent in Los Ageless music video | Photo: St Vincent YouTube
St Vincent is an American singer-songwriter and producer. She’s been working in the music industry since 2003.
She has explained that she does not believe ‘gender or sexual absolutism.’ Instead she says that fully supports and engages ‘in the spectrum.’
The singer has 13 awards to her name, including a Grammy Award for 2019 Best Rock Song.
Lesbian Jesus? | Photo: YouTube/ELLE
Affectionately labelled Lesbian Jesus by her fans and the press, Hayley Kiyoko is an American singer-songwriter and actress.
She has been going from strength to strength since released her first album, Expectations, in early 2018.
That same year, she won MTV Push Artist of the Year and Billboard Women in Music Rising Star.
Janelle Monáe in her visual album, Dirty Computer | Photo: YouTube/Janelle Monáe
Powerhouse Janelle Monae is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer.
She’s been active in the industry since 2003. Most recently, she took the world by storm with her bisexual jam Make Me Feel. Janelle herself identifies as pansexual.
For her acting and music, she’s received a total of 68 award nominations to date. She has so far won over half of them (38).
a wise man once said nothing at all. | Photo: Kehlani Instagram
American singer, songwriter, record producer Kehlani has long sung about her attraction to the same-sex.
In 2018, she labelled herself as queer.
Kehlani has been nominated at the Grammy’s twice.
Tove Lo in the bitches music video | Photo: Tove Lo YouTube
Tove Lo is a Swedish singer-songwriter. Despite starting to write songs in 2006, she didn’t achieve international mainstream success until 2014.
It was 2016 when Tove Lo came out publicly as bisexual.
The singer has been nominated for over 50 awards since 2014.
Saint Claude Music Video | Photo: Christine and the Queens YouTube
Christine and The Queens
Pansexual Héloïse Letissier is professionally know as Christine and The Queens.
She came out as pan in 2014.
Over the course of her career so far, she has been nominated for nearly 40 awards.
Artists you may not have heard of
ZAND in music video for BOYS LIKE U | Photo: ZAND YouTube