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Top Female Music Executives Send Rebuke to Grammys Leadership

Top Female Music Executives Send Rebuke to Grammys Leadership”

"Stepping up, and also stepping aside 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". The sentiment so woefully out of touch, inadequate and patronising it was hard to reconcile.

Needless to say, they were not happy about his negligent call to action. I also now realize that it's about more than just my words.

The signers are as follows: Universal Music Group Executive Vice President Michele Anthony; Atlantic Records' co-chairman Julie Greenwald; Epic Records President Sylvia Rhone; Sony general counsel Julie Swidler and Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez.

While the letter did not seek the outright dismissal of Neil Portnow, it did suggest that his comments at the Grammys were symptomatic of a deeper problem within the organisation.

"Neil Portnow's comments are not a reflection of being "inarticulate" in a single interview. They are, unfortunately, emblematic of a much larger issue with the [National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences] organization as a whole on the broader set of inclusion issues across all demographics".

At last month's awards in New York, Alessia Cara was the only female artist to win a major award, while Lorde - the only female nominated for album of the year - was not invited to perform solo, like the other nominees.

Addressed directly to Portnow, it read: "The statement you made this week about women in music needing to "step up" was spectacularly wrong and insulting and, at its core, oblivious to the vast body of work created by and with women". "We appreciate the points raised in this letter and welcome the opportunity to work with these executives to address the issues of inclusion, representation, fairness, and diversity in our community", he said.

Bruno Mars was the evenings biggest victor, bagging a total of six awards, including Album of the Year.

Likewise, only one woman took home a big prize on the awards night, Best New Artist victor Alessia Cara.

Portnow subsequently announced on Thursday, that the Recording Academy would be establishing a task force to break down barriers impeding the advancement of female and minority artists in the industry.



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