Alanis Morissette delivered a powerful speech as she was honoured with the Icon Award Thursday at the Billboard Women in Music event.
Morissette spoke about how vulnerable she was when she first started out in the industry, insisting: “I wanna salute the women who go to work who are really, really sensitive, and are terrified… and still go.”
She admitted it was hard being a young female musician in the ’90s, saying she “really wanted to be friends with these artists who were touring at the same time as me… but it was an unusual time of my playing with a lot of different gentlemen bands.
“And it was challenging, because if there was not going to be any sex or any kind of romantic interaction, then they didn’t know what to do with me. So they ignored me backstage.”
The Canadian singer also addressed the media’s portrayal of her over the years.
She said how she’s been seen as “really angry,” then “spiritual” and “quirky.”
Morissette continued, “Then I was also, ‘Isn’t she like, 90?’ I was called an elephant man, I was loved and ignored, and adored and hated, then I was considered really hip, and then totally irrelevant, and then totally relevant again, and then I was considered a boss, and a podcaster.
“Thank you patriarchy, for crumbling and falling,” she said, finishing up.