Fiona Apple, Shirley Manson belt out ‘You Don’t Own Me’ to protest Grammys


Shirley Manson, of alternative rock band Garbage, and Fiona Apple turned their performance at the Girl School 2018 music festival into a powerful act of defiance against Recording Academy president Neil Portnow Saturday night.

The duo sang a rendition of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” while Apple sported a homemade T-shirt that said, “Kneel Portnow.” The performance was seen as an act of protest against the president, who said the 2018 Grammys lacked women because female artists in the industry needed to “step up.”

Girl School was the perfect location for the act of defiance. The music festival, hosted by SoundGirls, identifies itself as a “celebration of females challenging the status quo,” according to its website. This year’s festival featured Best Coast, Jay Som, MUNA (who taught a songwriting course), and Soccer Mommy.

Viewers on Twitter loved that the two ‘90s-era artists came together for the performance.

Manson and Apple aren’t the only women with strong words for the Portnow. Last week, music industry executives penned a letter to the president, demanding that he step down from his position.

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.