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Badass Women Who Are Shaking Up The Music Game In 2019

Say it with me: GIRL POWER.

With just over one month left of 2019, now is the perfect time to look back and appreciate all of the incredible achievements of the year. Without a doubt, women have been at the forefront of those milestones, especially in the music industry. 

This week’s ARIAs was the perfect example of that. 19-year-old musician Tones and I AKA Toni Watson took home four awards – Best Independent Release, Best Breakthrough Artist Award, Best Female Artist Award and Best Pop Release – for the banger none of us can get out of our heads, ‘Dance Monkey.’

In her acceptance speech, Watson said: “thank you to Australia, for letting me know I’m okay just the way that I am,” and later said, “sometimes I don’t think that I’m not the most relatable female artist. I’m not into makeup or dresses, or typically girly things.”

“But, to me, those things don’t really define what it is to be a female artist in this industry anymore. It’s being brave and courageous, and true to yourself. No-one could have ever prepared me for the whole world judging me and comparing me to other artists.

“But what’s most important is that you have to be a good person and care about others and carry yourself well.”

Other talented Aussie women in music who won big at the 2019 ARIA Awards included Sampa the Great, Kaiit, and Amyl and the Sniffers – a band that’s proudly fronted by female vocalist Amy Taylor.

Across the pond, sisters were doing it for themselves this year, too. Both Billie Eilish and Lizzo have had stellar years, with record-breaking tracks and multiple Grammy award nominations.

Then there are pop music prodigies like Charli XCX, who has just launched her own Netflix series Nasty Cherry: I’m With The Band, Dua Lipa, who is currently touring her chart topper ‘Don’t Start Now’ all around the world, and Halsey, who just won Best Pop/Rock track for ‘Without Me’ at the American Music Awards.

And how could we forget the incredible women who are kicking goals in, and out of the limelight. In 2019, singer songwriter Julia Michaels released her EP, Inner Monologue Part 1 but she also co-wrote Selena Gomez’s most recent track ‘Lose You To Love Me,’ amongst other popular songs over the last decade. 

It’s a similar story for singer songwriter Sasha Sloan, who has written for artists including Idina Menzel, Maggie Lindemann and of course, Camilla Cabello. 

2019 has been an awe-inspiring and empowering year for women in music and we can only hope the same arse-kicking girl power continues into 2020 and beyond.

It's No Surprise This Rapper Is Copping Backlash For His Mac Miller Tribute

"Disrespectful, narcissistic, jealous, grossly unnecessary."

It’s been just over one year since 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller died from an accidental drug overdose. When news of his sudden death broke in September of 2018, Miller’s famous friends, family and fans flooded social media with heartbreaking tributes to the late rapper.

Fast-forward to this week and another one of Miller’s friends has shared his thoughts on the rapper’s death, but was met with immediate online backlash.

GoldLink AKA D’Anthony Carlos took to Instagram yesterday to write an open letter to Miller, addressing their complicated relationship.

“…I think what made you and I special is that we weren’t always on the best terms. So I didn’t always have great things to say about you,” he wrote.

“I always thought you drove yourself insane yourself about your own music. So much that, you would adopt styles as homage to those around you that you loved. That’s where our problem started.”

GoldLink went on to say that Miller’s album The Divine Feminine was an “actual blueprint” of his album And After That We Didn’t Talk. 

“When I tried to contact you, about anything at all…you never hit me,” he wrote. “Afterwards, we seen each other at Coachella, and you put your head down like an innocent child, but I told you to pick it up and I hugged you like the brother you are to me.”

GoldLink ended his tribute to Miller by saying how “proud” and “grateful” he was of the rapper for giving him a platform,” but it was too late and it had already ruffled feathers. 

Miller’s fans and friends were quick to clapback at GoldLink’s post, calling it “narcissistic,” “jealous” and “unnecessary.” 

Artist Anderson .Paak, who featured on Miller’s track ‘Dang,’ responded to GoldLink’s letter with a lengthy comment of his own. “@goldlink I would imagine yo weird ass posted up somewhere just like this when you decided to make that disrespectful, narcissistic, jealous, grossly unnecessary post.”

“You ain’t the first to make an album inspired by a relationship, you ain’t the first to make a song featuring Anderson .Paak but you are the first to disrespect my friend who is no longer here for absolutely no reason and I can’t stand for that.”

Then, Anderson said what we’re all thinking: “Whatever issues you had with Mac should have been addressed in person and ended there,” he wrote. “What’s the point of bringing this up after his passing and disrespecting his name?”

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Miller’s Twitter fans mimicked Anderson’s Tweet and one even made the claim, “Goldlink might’ve just CREATED the Memorial Post Triple Crown. He simultaneously gave props to Mac Miller, spoke ill of him AND bragged about himself being the bigger person. That’s otherworldly talent.”

Yikes. Trying to call someone out over a year after their tragic death does feel truly unnecessary and somewhat self-righteous. Since going live with his tribute to Mac Miller, GoldLink has disabled the comments on his post – surely this is a sign that you’ve gone too far?

Scarlett Johansson Admits Playing A Trans Person Was A Terrible Idea

But she won't back down on defending Woody Allen.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for Scarlett Johansson. The actress is ending 2019 with a handful of huge blockbusters under her belt, including Avengers: Endgame, JoJo Rabbit and the critically acclaimed Marriage Story, plenty of Oscar buzz and her fair share of controversies.

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ICYMI, ScarJo made headlines earlier in the year when she said she “should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal,” following backlash over her playing an asian character in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell and being cast as a transgender man in the upcoming Rub & Tug, a biopic she eventually withdrew from.

As if that wasn’t enough to ruffle feathers, Johansson continued to put her foot in it when she defended Woody Allen – who allegedly sexually abused his own daughter – during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime,” she said, igniting a social media shitstorm in the days following.

Fast-forward to this week and ScarJo still isn’t doing herself any favours. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the 35-year-old actress was asked about her comments on Allen and said “I’m not a politician, and I can’t lie about the way I feel about things.”

Johansson said she understands that by making the decision not to “edit myself, or temper what I think or say,” she’s inviting controversy and different opinions, but she still stands by her comments on the director.

“It’s my experience. I don’t know any more than any other person knows. I only have a close proximity with Woody… he’s a friend of mine. But I have no other insight other than my relationship with him,” she said.

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Vanity Fair journo Chris Heath explained to ScarJo that “as much as there is an argument for the validity of her voicing her own experience one of the things that makes some people uncomfortable with an opinion like that being expressed is that she is also effectively saying, in 2019, to a woman who has spoken out: ‘I don’t believe you.’”

Johansson told Heath “I do understand how that is triggering for some people. But just because I believe my friend does not mean that I don’t support women, believe women.”

It sounds like the interview got understandably tense and Johansson even said, “I think if I wanted to continue this conversation, it can be done personally with the people involved and not through statements to Vanity Fair.”

One good thing to come out of ScarJo’s interview with Vanity Fair was an understanding that she’d been insensitive about playing a trans person in Rub & Tug. “In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it. I wasn’t totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing—and how they felt in general about cis actors playing—transgender people,” she said.

“I wasn’t aware of that conversation—I was uneducated. So I learned a lot through that process. I misjudged that…. It was a hard time. It was like a whirlwind. I felt terribly about it. To feel like you’re kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling.”

At least there’s one lesson learned from ScarJo’s year of foot-in-mouth interviews. Here’s hoping she only becomes more aware of how her comments come across, particularly in relation to Woody Allen.

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