Grammys President Faces Backlash After Saying Women Need To 'Step Up'
UPDATE: Recording Academy President Neil Portnow is facing criticism for a remark he made about the lack of female winners for this year’s Grammy Awards.
“It has to begin with…women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level…[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome,” Portnow said to Variety.
“I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious,” he added.
A number of people took to Twitter to address Portnow’s comment.
C’mon gals, just bootstrap your way up within a hierarchy built on the idea that yr ideas/art/safety/personhood are tertiary to men’s art, never mind the industry was founded on white exploitation of black talent and women’s voices. GREAT ADVICE, NEIL! https://t.co/sbeToOhECw
— Jessica Hopper (@jesshopp) January 29, 2018
Maybe next year the Grammys should look to add a new category for Most Tone-Deaf Spoken-Word Statement from the Male Head of an Increasingly Irrelevant Awards Ceremony. https://t.co/Bg1DPWkyN8
— Aléx Young (@AlexYoung) January 29, 2018
These quotes are breaking my brain: Neil Portnow of Grammys org says women (only 1 of whom got a Grammy Sunday night) need to "step up." No Lorde performance? Grammy producer says "there’s no way we can really deal with everybody." Oh. https://t.co/vjAEFuSVwl
— Mo Ryan (@moryan) January 29, 2018
This comes only a couple days after Sonja Yelich, Lorde’s mother, tweeted a recent New York Times article reporting that over the last six years, only 9 percent of nominees have been women.
— Sonja Yelich (@sonjayelich1) January 26, 2018
Read the original story below.
In a “Time’s Up” fueled Grammys night, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Lorde and SZA were overlooked, with Alessia Cara the only female artist to win a major prize.
It was Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar’s world last night, we were just blessed to be a part of it. The Compton superstar not only decimated Madison Square Garden as the opening act for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, but he also took home five golden gramophones for “Best Rap Album,” “Best Music Video,” and “Best Rap Performance”. The voting public must’ve enjoyed this rabble-rousing music, along with Mars’s crowd-please nouveau New Jack Swing, as the Hawaiian megastar left with six awards, including “Album Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” and “Record Of The Year”.
As most of the stars in attendance wore white to support the “Time’s Up” movement, it was blatantly apparent that the Grammys were not on the same page as its stars. Only 17 out of the 86 awards on the Grammys went to women or female-fronted bands, as acts like Lady Gaga, Kesha, and Lorde went home empty-handed. Fellow TDE starlet, SZA, who was the most nominated woman with five nods, was snubbed, winning none of the awards she was up for.
Alessia Cara, who is featured on Logic’s suicide hotline hit song, won for “Best New Artist,” making her the only female artist to win a major prize.
The disparity was exceptionally outlandish given that the night was punctuated by the “Time’s Up” and #MeToo campaigns. In addition to wearing white, performers wore a white rose to symbolize their support for the movements, which tackle sexual misconduct and inequality. Kesha, backed by an all-star choir, including Cyndi Lauper, gave a powerful performance of her song, “Praying,” which addresses her own personal experience of surviving abuse. “We come in peace but we mean business,” Janelle Monae said, introducing the performance.
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“Let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”
Below are the key winners from last night’s 60th annual Grammy Awards:
Album of the Year: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Record of the Year: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Song of the Year: Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
Best Pop Album: Ed Sheeran – ÷ (Divide)
Best Rock Album: The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Best R&B Album: Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – Damn.