President of The Grammy Awards Says Women Need To "Step Up"

The Grammys seemed to be quite male dominated this year — but don’t take it from me, take it from Twitter. The hashtag  has been trending since the awards show went down last night.

Zedd collaborator and Best New Artist winner Alesia Cara was the only female to take home an award during the live broadcast, which ran over three hours. Only 11 out 84 awards were won by women. Furthermore, out the 899 total people nominated for awards over the last six years, only 9 percent have been women.

And here’s what Twitter had to say about that…

Meanwhile, others had a very different view on …

Recently, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow talked to  on the issue, and here’s what he had to say:

“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 the industry on the executive level.”

“They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don’t have personal experience those kinds brick walls that women] face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation artists.”

So, is this a problem with sexism or a problem with the “hearts and souls” women in music? This tweet really says it all…


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