Women in music band together following comments from the the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, claiming women needed to “step up.”

Women in music band together following comments from the the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, claiming women needed to “step up.”

He responded to a female reporter’s question asking why more women weren’t didn’t win at this year’s Grammys. Alessia Cara was the only female artist whose award for Best New Artist was televised.

Here’s what Portnow said:

“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. Read the full story here.

P!nk was one of the first to speak up. Here’s what she had to say.

More have stepped forward to slam Portnow’s insensitive blabber, including Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Halsey, Lights and more.

 

Portnow has since walked back his comments. He had this to say:

“I regret that I wasn’t as articulate as I should have been in conveying this thought. I remain committed to doing everything I can to make our music community a better, safer, and more representative place for everyone.” Read the full quote here.

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3 Responses

  1. The words “step up” is an incredibly distasteful choice of words, but in his full statement it’s not like he’s saying women just aren’t good enough. He’s acknowledged that he isn’t(and couldn’t be) familiar with the struggles that women often face in the music industry and genuinely thinks a change needs to happen.

    Now why that wouldn’t START with a show like the grammy’s is all on him.

    1. “Now why that wouldn’t START with a show like the grammy’s is all on him.” > That’s great.
      “he isn’t(and couldn’t be) familiar with the struggles that women often face in the music industry and genuinely thinks a change needs to happen” > then maybe it’s time for a woman to be in charge of the Grammys.

  2. It’s funny how all the women who are complaining are the ones who DON’T step up. Artists (both women and men) who truly focus on the music and art and less on theatrics and attention-getting are the ones that shine. To be honest Britney’s Glory deserved Grammy noms more than the ones that did get nominated lol. #HumbleQueen

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