After being slammed by Pink, Katy Perry and Lorde, Grammys President apologises for ‘step up’ comment


Instead, multiple minutes on the telecast was given to male artists who weren’t nominated, such as Sting and the band U2. I’m proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance.”

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Another powerful woman, leading by example. I’m proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance. “We must actively work to eliminate these barriers and encourage women to live their dreams and express their passion and creativity through music. The Recording Academy did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Monday. 2018-01-31T09:29:46+00:00″>
Published: January 31, 2018 9:29 am

Neil Portnow has issued an apology saying that his comments were taken out of context. We have over 80 categories. I’m not sure it is about women needing to “step up”, (as said by the male in charge). #GrammysSoMale”

I wish the #Grammys would return to female/male categories. “Because I think they would be welcome. I don’t have personal experience of those kind of brick walls that you face. http://t.co/RDmB7zRfId
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 30, 2018
There were no women nominated in the record of the year category and the only male to be nominated in the best pop solo performance, Ed Sheeran, won. And so we have to realize that we’ve got to create something that has balance and so on and so forth, and what you saw was our best judgment on how to do that.”
As for Lorde, she seemed to address the controversy when she tweeted Monday morning, “If you’re debating whether or not I can murder a stage… come see it for urself. While the red carpet was filled with artists sporting white roses to symbolize support of gender equality, backstage after the show wrapped Portnow was questioned about Lorde’s absence from the stage, as well as the fact that only two women were shown on TV accepting awards. Alessia Cara won best new artist and Rihanna also got to take the stage when she and Kendrick Lamar won best rap/sung performance for “LOYALTY.”
As for why Lorde didn’t get to perform solo, Portnow had said, “We have a wealth of riches every year and it’s hard to have a balanced show and have everybody involved. Who will young girls be inspired by to pick up a guitar and rock when most every category is filled with men? “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,” Portnow said backstage after the show. #GrammysSoMale http://t.co/v1rvbT3pCC
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) January 29, 2018
Actress Debra Messing joined in the criticism, writing on Twitter, “This is incredibly dismaying to say the least” in regards to Portnow’s comments. It’s us as an industry making a welcome mat very obvious — creating mentorships, creating opportunities for all people who want to be creative, and, really, paying it forward, and creating that next generation of artists who feel like they can do anything, say anything.”
However, in a statement on Tuesday, Portnow says he regrettably used the words “step up” and that they were taken out of context and neither convey his beliefs nor the point he was trying to make. Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow tweeted Monday, “I wish the #Grammys would return to female/male categories. Our community will be richer for it.”
His initial comments after Sunday’s awards show in New York angered some female musicians who felt his statements put the responsibility on women. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
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Padmaavat box office collection: All the records this Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone film has broken so farWhy Rajasthan bypoll results could mean trouble for BJP in election yearPadmaavat box office day 7: The Ranveer Singh starrer mints Rs 155.5 croreRecording Academy President Neil Portnow has been facing criticism for his comments after the 60th annual Grammy Awards ended with only two female winners on stage and lingering questions about the choice of performers. Following the awards show on Sunday, many music fans and critics questioned whether the Time’s Up movement was just given lip service when the only woman nominated for album of the year, Lorde, didn’t perform. We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. We can’t have a performance from every nominee. We must welcome, mentor and empower them. “Our industry must recognize that women who dream of careers in music face barriers that men have never faced,” Portnow said. She wrote on Twitter on Monday that “Women in music don’t need to step up — Women have been stepping since the beginning of time.”

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— P!nk (@Pink) January 29, 2018
Katy Perry also chimed in on Twitter to say, “We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I’m not sure it is about women needing to “step up”, (as said by the male in charge). Pink, who also performed at the Grammys, was nominated with three other women in the best pop solo performance category but lost to Ed Sheeran. ✊🏻
P.s VH1 Divas Live. Every year’s different. Who will young girls be inspired by to pick up a guitar and rock when most every category is filled with men?