Saturday, 24 February, 2018

P!nk Slams Recording Academy For Tepid "Women Need To Step Up" Response

Grammys boss says women need to “step up”, following criticism of awards gender balance Recording Academy President Responds to #GrammysSoMale by Saying 'Woman Need to Step Up'
Steve Townsend | 31 January, 2018, 06:19

The hashtag rippled through Twitter last night as only one woman-Best New Artist Alessia Cara-accepted a solo Grammy during the three-and-a-half hour live telecast.

Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow set off an uproar Sunday night when he said female artists and executives need to "step up" after being asked about the low number of women Grammy winners in 2018.

"Women in music don't need to "step up"-women have been stepping since the beginning of time", reads Pink's handwritten letter". Portnow said it's up to the women to "step up" and it's up to the industry to make the "welcome mat" very obvious to them. Women OWNED music this year. Every year's different. We can't have a performance from every nominee.

"I believe in equality in the workplace.we'd like to see more women doing the skills many men have been doing for years", he said.

But his comments have proved particularly divisive on a night that saw Alessia Cara becoming the only female victor for Best New Artist - despite a strong concentration of female nominees.

The Grammys honor victims of Las Vegas and Manchester concert attacks
In those two attacks, 81 people were murdered while simply trying to enjoy live music. Kristen Evans called it the "most emotional moment of the night".


Recording Academy president Neil Portnow has lodged his foot rather spectacularly in his mouth, suggesting that women need to "step up" after being nearly completely shut out at this year's Grammys. But in the music industry? An absent Ed Sheeran won over Kesha, who displayed an insane amount of emotional labor during her performance of "Praying", but failed to win either of the two Grammys she was nominated for.

His comments also seem weird since women like Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift have been dominating Grammys for years now, and 2017 saw some tremendous female calibre in names such as Sza, Cardi B, Kehlani.

'I don't know if it was a mistake, ' Ehrlich replied.

The producer of the award show, Ken Ehrlich, took a slightly different take.

After getting word of his comments, veteran pop star P!nk also slammed the Grammy President for his statements, tweeting a full response written on a white board. These shows are a matter of choices. She had a great album. I didn't think we'd ever get to a point where the out-of-touch Recording Academy honored an album like DAMN, so that was welcome.

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