Michael Jackson’s daughter turned the Grammys into a Dakota Access Pipeline protest

'We could use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest.'


Tess Cagle


Published Feb 12, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 12:29 am CDT

Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter, spoke out against the Dakota Access Pipeline as she introduced Daft Punk and the Weeknd before their performance at the Grammys Sunday night.

“We could use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest,” Jackson said as the crowd cheered. “Hashtag no DAPL!”

The Dakota Access Pipeline returned to prominence in the news after President Donald Trump signed executive orders greenlighting the controversial oil projects stymied under the Obama administration on Jan. 24.

Viewers on Twitter, included Rebecca Black, shared their support for Jackson and said they were happy to see a celebrity spread awareness for the cause.

Jackson was not the only artist to make a political statement at the Grammys. Singer-songwriter Joy Villa sported a pro-Trump dress that said “Make America Great Again” in rhinestones. 

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*First Published: Feb 12, 2017, 10:00 pm CST