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Entertainment Weekly

Why stars are wearing white roses to the 2018 Grammys

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Stars are turning up on the Grammys red carpet with one very special accessory this year.

After the success of the black dress initiative at this year’s Golden Globe awards, the music awards show is following suit and showing support for the Time’s Up movement by inviting stars to wear white roses at this year’s award ceremony.

The Time’s Up movement was started by more than 300 influential figures in entertainment who works to combat sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry. The campaign has also started a legal defense fund to provide assistance to women in other industries.

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Voices in Entertainment — a group formed by Meg Harkins, SVP of Marketing at Roc Nation and Karen Rait, Rhythmic Promotion, Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records and made up of 15 women in the industry — encouraged their colleagues to participate. “As we are inspired by the #timesup campaign, we are encouraging the artists that we work with and our colleagues attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City to wear a white rose to the ceremony on Sunday, January 28th,” reads a letter from the group. “We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.”

Rita Ora was among the stars showing solidarity on the red carpet; she sported a larger rose on the lapel of her black dress. Camila Cabello made her support known with a bunch of small white roses on a ring on her finger. Kelly Clarkson carried a stemmed rose and Lady Gaga pinned hers to her shoulder. See more in our red carpet gallery here.

At a pre-Grammys party on Thursday night, Ora talked about her decision to wear the white rose to the Grammys. “The white rose for so many years has been such a peaceful symbol in so many different parts of the world and for me solidarity’s so important now,” she said. “I thought that it was just a very graceful way of showing support to, I guess, everything that’s going on in Hollywood and I really do believe that the more visibility it gets, the more I think we can help, so that’s why I wanted to do it.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, are broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on CBS starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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