Alanis Morissette has come forward to explain that dealing with sexism is what caused her to walk out of a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday night, where she was due to perform a duet with Olivia Rodrigo of the classic hit ‘You ‘re So Vain’ as part of a tribute to the inductee Carly Simon.
Morissette attended rehearsals on Friday before taking her leave. In a post on her Instagram Live account, Morissette left some mystery as to what exactly pissed her off so much during those rehearsals that she was pulling out of the show seemingly at the last minute after being included in all the internal programs for the epic. screening until Saturday night’s shooting.
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But Morissette pointedly pointed out that what she encountered while still on the construction site created lingering feelings of “a general anti-woman feeling” in the industry. And she appeared to blame the TV show’s production team, suggesting that what she experienced there was in contrast to “countless incredible experiences with production teams of all genders throughout my life”.
There are differing behind-the-scenes accounts of what went wrong during rehearsal, however, with multiple sources claiming, for their part, that Morissette “struggled with the song” during a run, leading to the disagreement and eventual exit .
Sources close to Morissette dispute that assessment, saying that Morissette and Rodrigo were in the normal, early stages of working on the tune with the house band on Friday.
Morissette released her statement on her Instagram account on Monday, which reads:
“There are some misinformed rumblings about my no-show at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last weekend. First, I have to say how much I love Carly Simon and Olivia Rodrigo and Dolly Parton and Janet Jackson and Pat Benatar and Sheryl Crow and Pink and Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles — and all the amazing people and artists who was there,” he wrote. , name-checking most of the female artists honored or featured in the show.
However, Morissette continued, “I’ve spent decades in an industry that’s filled with a general anti-woman sentiment, and I’ve put up with a lot of condescension and disrespect, belittlement, rejection, breach of contract, lack of support, exploitation and psychological abuse (and more) throughout my career I put up with it because nothing was going to stop me from connecting with those I cared about and resonated with. I live to serve and connect with people and so over the years I’ve been drawn to it on more occasions than I can count to do so. It’s hard not to be influenced in any industry around the world, but Hollywood has been notorious for disrespecting the feminine in all of us.”
Concluding, the singer-songwriter added: “Thankfully, I’m at a point in my life where I don’t have to spend time in an environment that degrades women. I have had countless incredible experiences with production teams of all genders throughout my life. So much and so much fun. There is nothing better than a group of diverse people coming together with a mission. I will continue to appear in these environments with the bells. :)”
Morissette punctuated her statement with one last timely reminder: “Time to vote! I love you.”
The induction ceremony was filmed at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for broadcast on HBO later in November.
Most of the audience was unaware that Morissette was set to appear alongside Rodrigo, as no official line-up had been announced. However, the finer details of the timing in Simon’s tribute may have seemed odd. The musical performance (which did not include the shy Simon herself) began with Sara Bareilles singing a very stripped-down version of the hit ‘Nobody Does It Better’, one of many abridgements made to fit the medleys into the tight time slot. slots. However, Rodrigo’s version of “You’re So Vain” went on longer than “Nobody” or most of the other solo performances crammed into the show.
Variety has reached out to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame representatives for any official response to Morissette’s allegations. Representatives for Hall did not respond to requests for comment about the singer’s exit over the weekend.
The singer’s statement made it clear that her beef was not with her planned duet partner, Rodrigo. The intergenerational artists have a happy history of mutual support behind them, participating in a Rolling Stone “Musicians on Musicians” conversation just over a year ago and, more recently, Rodrigo inducting Morissette into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September.
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