Pink Responds To Recording Academy President Who Said Women Need To “Step Up”

January 29, 2018 By Jordan Miller

Pink penned an open letter in response to the President of the Recording Academy’s reasoning for the lack of female winners at the Grammys.

Pink penned an open letter in response to the President of the Recording Academy’s reasoning for the lack of female winners at the Grammys.

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said women need to “step up.”

“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.

That sentiment didn’t sit well with P!nk, who performed “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” at the awards ceremony. She wrote a letter slamming Portnow’s statement.


Related: Watch Pink’s Stripped Black & White Video For “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”


“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ – women have been stepping since the beginning of time,” the singer wrote. “Stepping up, and also stepping aside, women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

Go P!nk. Portnow is cancelled.

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