Alanis Morissette Says She Dropped Out Of Rock Hall Of Fame Performance Due To Sexism And Disrespect From Production Team

Alanis Morissette has come forward to explain that the encounter with sexism caused her to drop out of a performance Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, where she is said to have performed a duet with Olivia Rodrigo of the classic hit. ‘You’re So Vain’ as part of a tribute to inductee Carly Simon.

Morissette did take part in rehearsals on Friday before saying goodbye. In a post on her Instagram Live account, Morissette left a mystery about what exactly soured her during those rehearsals that she seemingly left the show at the last minute, after being on all the internal schedules for the epic show right through to filming. from Saturday night.

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But Morissette strongly indicated that everything she encountered while still on the scene sparked long-simmering feelings about “an overarching anti-woman sentiment” in the industry. And she seemed to put the blame on the production team for the broadcast, suggesting that everything she went through there contrasted with “countless incredible experiences with production teams of all genders throughout my life.”

There are several behind-the-scenes stories of exactly what went wrong during rehearsal, though multiple sources for their part claim that Morissette “struggled with the song” during a run-through, leading to the altercation and eventual strike.

Sources close to Morissette dispute that assessment, saying Morissette and Rodrigo were in the normal early stages of working out the tune with the house band on Friday.

Morissette released her statement on her Instagram account on Monday, which reads:

“There have been some misinformed rumors about my failure to perform at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame initiation ceremony this past weekend. First off, I have to say how much I adore 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 that were there,” she wrote, checking most of the female performers who were honored or performed on the show.

Morissette continued, however, “I have spent decades in an industry rife with overarching anti-female sentiment and have tolerated much condescension and disrespect, abatement, contempt, breach of contract, lack of support, exploitation, and psychological violence (and more) throughout my life. whole career. I tolerated it because nothing would 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 soaked it up more than “I can count to do this. It’s hard not to be influenced in any industry in the world, but Hollywood is notorious for its disrespect for the feminine in all of us.”

Finally, the singer-songwriter added: “Fortunately, I am at a point in my life where it is not necessary for me to spend time in an environment that diminishes women. I have had countless incredible experiences throughout my life with production teams with all genders. So many, and so much fun. There’s nothing better than a team of diverse people coming together on one mission. I’ll keep appearing in those environments with bells on. :)”

Alanis Morissette's Statement on Leaving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Alanis Morissette’s Statement on Leaving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Morissette tagged her statement with one last current reminder: “Voting time! I love you.”

The inaugural ceremony was filmed at LA’s Microsoft Theater for broadcast on HBO later in November.

Most of the audience was unaware that Morissette would be appearing alongside Rodrigo, as no official lineup had been announced. Still, the subtleties of timing in the tribute to Simon may have seemed odd. The musical performance (which didn’t include the stage-shy Simon himself) began with Sara Bareilles singing a very shortened version of the hit “Nobody Does It Better,” one of several shortenings that took place to fit medleys into tight slots. However, Rodrigo’s version of “You’re So Vain” went on longer than “Nobody” or most of the other solo renditions of songs pressed into the show.

Variety has reached out to representatives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for an official response to Morissette’s claims. Representatives from The Hall did not respond to requests for comment about the singer’s departure over the weekend.

The singer’s statement made it clear that her feud was not with her planned duet partner, Rodrigo. The intergenerational artists have a happy history of mutual support as they took part in a Rolling Stone “Musicians on Musicians” talk just over a year ago and, more recently, in September, Rodrigo Morissette recorded at Canadian Songwriters Hall. of fame.

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