Apparently, everyone is on board for equality, and we love it! This coming Sunday at the Grammys, we will finally have a man and a transgender woman, that will join the trophy-girls on stage, who bring the music’s top honors and hand out trophies. This is a change that will put the Grammys in the front ranks, in regards to diversity at award shows.
Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, “To be honest, the idea of a ‘trophy girl’ has felt antiquated for some time now, who wrote that rule anyway? The ability to present a trophy has nothing to do with one’s gender.”
Portnow also added, “This change was not made to be confrontational or make anyone feel guilty, but was just to acknowledge that music’s universal power lies in its spirit of inclusion for all people and their voices.”
In the prior years, no one noticed that the Academy Awards has replaced its female trophy presenters with male and female film students, American students and others from countries that include China and Zimbabwe.
At Sunday’s ceremony, there will be three trophy handlers who are transgender. They include model Martina Robledo; model/actor Derek Marrocco, and model/actress Hollin Haley.
Robledo, who’s from San Diego, expressed, “I am honored to join Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox and other transgender people in the more-inclusive media spotlight, but I already expect the viewer’s reactions to my presence, will be mixed.”
“I know it’s going to make some people uncomfortable and make others weep for joy, I’m just going to step out there and strut and make sure I deliver my best, because there’s people out there looking up to me,” stated Robledo.
Moreover, Marrocco, has modeled for top designers that include Valentino and Ralph Lauren.
Marrocco also stated, “No matter what your gender is, if you’re qualified, you’re qualified,” he said.
Haley, is a Texas native who moved to New York and then Los Angeles to pursue her career. She said in a statement that being a presenter is a “dream come true.” She arrived in LA just weeks before she was selected for the Grammy job.
The ceremony will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST with James Corden as the host.