Musicians attending this year’s Brit Awards have walked the red carpet carrying or wearing white roses in solidarity with women’s rights movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up.
Female stars including Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding all carried fresh white blooms or wore flower pins, but singer Paloma Faith said she was disappointed more men didn’t embrace the cause.
“The only thing I’m upset about tonight is not more men carrying white roses. I think they should have,” Faith told the BBC.
Some of the men attending the Wednesday (UK time) ceremony in London sported flower pins, including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Australian singer Troye Sivan, but there were a few who shirked the movement.
Hip hop artist Stormzy, who won best British male and British album of the year, wasn’t wearing a white rose on the red carpet, but had acquired a pin by the time he took the stage to accept his awards.
Faith was also filmed interrupting the members of rock duo Royal Blood during an interview to demand they each take a white rose.
“You should be carrying these, in camaraderie with women. Why’s it just the women carrying these?” she asked them.
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Sheeran, who sparked marriage rumours by wearing what appeared to be a wedding ring on the red carpet, said he felt the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment was long overdue.
“I think it should have happened sooner, but I’m glad it is happening. It’s nice that people are aware of it now,” he told the BBC.
Sheeran proposed to his girlfriend of nearly three years, Cherry Seaborn, in December 2017.
On Monday the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was criticised for failing to join attendees at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) in wearing black to honour the women’s rights movement in Hollywood.
Kate opted instead to wear green, likely because the royal family are encouraged to avoid doing anything that could be viewed as a political statement.
The white rose gesture started at this year’s Grammy Awards in January, when Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Pink wore the flower on the red carpet.
The rest of the red carpet
All the Brit Award winners
British male: Stormzy
British female: Dua Lipa
British group: Gorillaz
Breakthrough artist: Dua Lipa
Global Success award: Ed Sheeran
British single: Rag’n’Bone Man, Human
British album: Stormzy, Gang Signs & Prayer
British video: Harry Styles, Sign of the Times
International male: Kendrick Lamar
International female: Lorde
International group: Foo Fighters
Critics’ choice: Jorja Smith
British producer: Steve Mac