Janelle Monae took the opportunity to wish the crowd Happy Pride Day and pointed at her LGBTQ representation.
“I'd like to give a special, special shoutout to Black women, to Black queer artists, to Black nonbinary artists,” she stated. “These artists making art on our own terms, owning our truths, and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body, and our decisions, my decisions.”
Then she yelled, “F*** you, Supreme Court,” with her middle finger in a prominent position; the expletive was heard bleeping, however her gesture of hand was clearly visible.
“I believe we're having a celebration right now and we are right to do so. We absolutely ought to be celebrating right now, especially. We should celebrate our art by safeguarding our rights and our beliefs.”
Empire star Taraji P. Henson hosted the event and gave her own version.
After Lizzo started the show with her song “About Damn Time”, Henson declared “It's about damn time we talk about the fact that guns have more rights than women.”
“It's a sad day in America,” Henson went on to thank Lizzo who has recently donated $1m from the proceeds of her tour to Planned Parenthood.
“A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman that can give life – if she chooses to.”
Jazmine Vaughn was one winner. She took the opportunity to convince men to support their female counterparts.
“I am writing directly to the guys ‘We need you. We're asking you to rise up and be a part of our fight and stand with our side,’” the woman said.
Variety reports that in the first half hour of the show the majority of women who appeared on the stage made a statement about the subject. Best new Artist winner Latto stated: “It's about giving pro-choice… it's about never giving in to a man policing my body.”
After the decision was issued on Friday by the Supreme Court, various celebrities have criticized the court.
Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Kendrick Lamar referred to the decision in their shows during Glastonbury in England, and Kim Kardashian wrote a message on her Instagram page with the words: “In America guns have more rights than women.”