Lady Gaga, love her or hate her, is definitely known for not being ashamed of who she is and standing up for important things. Whether or not you like her brand of music, there’s no denying that she is a breath of original fresh air in an industry filled with carbon copies.
Lady Gaga is also not afraid to say what’s really on her mind. This part of her showed itself in style when she was accepting the Woman of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards on Friday.
According to People, Lady Gaga addressed the gender inequality in music: “What I really want to say is that it is really hard sometimes for women in music. It’s like a f***ing boys club that we just can’t get in to.”
“I tried for so long, I just really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body ever in this business. You don’t always feel like when you’re working that people believe that you have musical background, that you understand what you’re doing because you’re a female.”
This comment from Lady Gaga has of course been echoed numerous times by numerous women in the industry. For example, even the legendary Bjork has had to deal with it.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Bjork said how she had to keep re-iterating how Acra was not the “sole producer” of her new album and that he co-produced it with her. She then went on to say that she had been denied credit for the production on her albums for a decade: “I didn’t want to talk about that kind of thing for 10 years, but then I thought, ‘You’re a coward if you don’t stand up. Not for you, but for women. Say something’.”
Solange Knowles has also weighed in on this in the past, saying: “I find it very disappointing when I am presented as the ‘face’ of my music, or a ‘vocal muse’ when I write or co-write every f***ing song. I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and I’m gonna flounder without them. Or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers.”
We have also seen reports from all kinds of people about the condescending remarks, harassment and indifference experienced by women and other marginalised groups within the music industry. Women have certainly come a long way, but if powerful successful women like Lady Gaga are still experiencing sexism, then we still have yet far to go.