Letters: Grammy awards missed a great opportunity

Re “White roses, Kesha offer rallying cry for women at Grammys” (sacbee.com, Jan. 28): My greatest concern for the sustainability of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements is their diminution through commercialization and politicization. The recent Grammy Awards exemplifies my concern. I would have welcomed an awards show that was just about excellence and creativity, but I also understand that some issues are too important to put on the back burner, especially when people who need to speak have access to such a powerful microphone. This could have been a watershed event in the annals of award shows. What could have been a showcase for the best in artistic and human expression was reduced instead to blatant pandering and frat-boy excesses. This could have been a perfect opportunity for the men who steer Grammy's ship to show they're capable of seeing beyond the glare of the lights. Instead, it was nothing more than a stark reminder that, for some, business-as-usual is simply good business.

Richard Bartlett, Fair Oaks