Recording Academy President Backtracks On Comments

Published On January 31, 2018 | By Kendal Malewicz | Entertainment News

Following some serious backlash Recording Academy president Neil Portnow is nowpulling his foot out of his mouth after he made some comments  at the Grammy Awards about the lack of female representation at this year’s awards show.

When asked by a reporter how female executives and artists can advance in the music industry, Portnow said, in part, “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.”

Artists like P!nk took MAJOR offense to Portnow’s suggestion that women have failed to “step up.” Portnow is now attempting to clarify his remarks.

“Sunday night, I was asked a question about the lack of female artist representation in certain categories of this year’s Grammy Awards,” he said in a statement. “Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make. Our industry must recognize that women who dream of careers in music face barriers that men have never faced. We must actively work to eliminate these barriers and encourage women to live their dreams and express their passion and creativity through music. We must welcome, mentor, and empower them.  Our community will be richer for it.”

Alessia Cara was the only female artist to take home an award at the Grammy.

 

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