Alanis Morissette says her frustration over the music industry's treatment of women is why she pulled out of performing this past weekend at the 37th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles.
"I have spent decades in an industry that is rife with an overarching anti-woman sentiment and have tolerated a lot of condescension and disrespectfulness, reduction, dismissiveness, contract-breaching, unsupportiveness, exploitation and psychological violence (and more) throughout my career," the seven-time Grammy Award winner, 48, wrote Monday on Instagram Stories, where posts cycle out after 24 hours. She had been scheduled to duet with Olivia Rodrigo on inductee Carly Simon's “You’re So Vain."
Stating "how much I adore Carly Simon and Olivia Rodrigo" and other scheduled performers and inductees including Lindenhurst-raised Long Island Music Hall of Famer Pat Benatar, Morissette explained she had "tolerated it because nothing would stop me from connecting with those whom I cared about and resonated with … so over the years I sucked it up on more occasions than I can count in order to do so. It’s hard not to be affected in any industry around the world, but Hollywood has been notorious for its disrespect of the feminine in all of us."
The "Jagged Little Pill" and "Thank U" artist added: "Thankfully, I am at a point in my life where there is no need for me to spend time in an environment that reduces women. I have had countless incredible experiences with production teams with all genders throughout my life. So many, and so fun. There is nothing better than a team of diverse people coming together with one mission. I’ll continue to show up in those environments with bells on."
The Rock Hall did not respond to a Newsday request for comment.
Morissette, whose latest album, "The Storm Before the Calm," came out earlier this year, was the inspiration behind the 2019 Broadway musical "Jagged Little Pill," which was nominated for 13 Tony Awards before closing after two years during a surge in the COVID-19 omicron variant. The show is currently playing a national tour.
The induction ceremony airs Nov. 19 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max alongside a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310 and Volume in the SXM App.