The President of the Recording Academy responded to the lack of female nominations by telling women to up their game.

The President of the Recording Academy responded to the lack of female nominations by telling women to up their game.

The Grammys highlighted the #TimesUp movement this year, yet viewers couldn’t help but notice the lack of women winning awards.

The only female to accept a trophy during the televised event was Alessia Cara, who took home the win for Best New Artist.

This inspired hashtag #GrammysSoMale to trend online.

When Recording Academy President Neil Portnow was asked about it following the awards ceremony, he said it’s womens’ fault.

“I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and their souls — who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on an executive level — to step up, because I think they would be welcome,” Portnow told Variety.

They added the question was asked by a female reporter.

“I don’t have personal experience with the kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s really a combination of us in the industry making a welcome mat very obvious: creating mentorships, creating opportunities, not only for women, but for all people, and paying it forward, creating that next generation of artists who feel like they can do anything and say anything.”

Meanwhile, you have women like Kesha and Lady Gaga who continually step up and shed light on harrowing sexual abuse issues – who have done so before it was getting global attention. What more does he want? I’m repulsed.

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2 Responses

  1. Oh wow, the worst thing somebody can do in a position of leadership is not owning to their own responsibilities. He just did that. AND he ignored all the women who are actually stepping up. Such a lazy, ignorant, spoiled man.

  2. Wow. What ignorant, disrespectful and out of touch comments. The sheer arrogance. Although I expect nothing less from some privileged old white dude if I’m honest. Ken, like the grammy’s, is irrelevant. The sooner people realise this the better.

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