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How the Recording Academy Is Queering the Grammys Behind the Scenes

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As far as “humble musical beginnings” stories go, I consider myself pretty lucky. It was the early ’90s, and at 20 years old, I had just come out when I jumped headfirst into my very first band, the Fabulous Scallion Sisters — later renamed Paper Dolls.

I joined four other gay women who had already developed a huge queer following, and I was accepted from the start. But the road (forward and back) isn’t always so easy.

Many of the hurdles I’ve had to overcome throughout my music career have stemmed from being a woman. Add on top of that being a queer woman who is a kick-ass rock drummer, and you are primed for endless “you’re pretty good for a girl” comments.

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