Why haven’t more women received Grammy nominations? According to Neil Portnow, because they need to “step up.”
Last week, the USC Annenberg Initiative published a study with damning results for the Recording Academy. According to the global think tank, only 9.3% women in the music industry have received Grammy nominations. In addition, male songwriters receive more credit over their female counterparts, 87.7% to 12.3%. Finally, under 6% female songwriters had received 6 or more song credits.
So, what does the Grammys think the results? According to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, the responsibility to receive more recognition in the music industry falls on women.
The statement came after only one woman received a top award at Sunday night’s Grammys Awards.
Major female stars and their managers immediately lashed out at Portnow’s insensitive and out–touch comments. Lou Taylor, a seasoned music business manager, said in a now-deleted Instagram post,
His TriStar Sports and Entertainment firm represents clients including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Mary J. Blige, among others.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea also lambasted the Recording Academy President. In a tweet, she said,
She also blasted the Grammys for nepotism and lacking justice and fairness in failing to award more women.
On Twitter, Pink wrote,
Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow added,
Portnow’s comments have also infuriated music fans. On Care2, you’ll find a petition asking Neil Portnow to step down. It reads,
In just a few days, with a goal 10,000, the petition has reached its mark.
Neil Portnow remains fairly unapologetic over his comments. In a statement published on Variety, the Recording Academy President said,
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