Do women need to 'step up'? Grammy leader's comment sparks debate on gender

Do women need to 'step up'? Grammy leader's comment sparks debate on gender
From CBC - January 30, 2018

Canadian singer Alessia Cara was the only woman to win one of the major categories at this year's Grammy Awards, and less than a quarter of the 84 trophies handed out Sunday went to either a woman or group that included a woman.

But it was backstage comments from the Recording Academy's president that inflamed critics, who saw this year's awards show is further proof that a pervasive gender imbalance exists in the industry.

"I think 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 an executive level," Neil Portnow told reporters in the press room after the show on Sunday.

"[They need]to step up because I think they would be welcome."

Portnowissued a statement Tuesday, saying he did not express himself as articulately as he should have.


St. Vincent
Julia Michels
Lalah Hathaway
Taylor Swift
Janelle Monae
Emily Warren
Kelsea Ballerini
Brandi Carlile
Maren Morris
Ingrid Michaelson

...Hey, Neil, shut up. #GrammysSoMale


Puhleeeze... the team that wouldnt let Album of the Year nominee Lorde perform, but booked Sting and Shaggy to perform twice giving the Grammys their lowest TV ratings in a decade, say women need to step up? You can step DOWN, thanks.


Suggesting that women are not "stepping up" in the music industry frustrates Aerin Fogel, organizer of Toronto-based feminist arts celebration Venus Fest. She said she is not surprised by the reaction from the executives.

"In a way what he's (saying) represents the larger issues in the music industryand in most industries," Fogel said. "There are real inherent challenges for women to be moving through these structures in the same way as men."

Another powerful woman, leading by example. We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I am proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance.
P.s VH1 Divas Live.


Backlash against the Grammys over its gender disparity started long before Sunday's ceremony. When the nominations were announced in late November, many fans were quick to note that major categories were stacked with men.

Tension mounted in the days before the event when Lorde's mother, Sonja Yelich, tweeted an excerpt from a New York Times article that said only nine per cent of nominees were women over the past six Grammy Awards.

this says it all -@nytimes January 26, 2018


During the broadcast several female artistsincluding Kesha and Lady Gagadelivered impassioned performances in solidarity with the MeToo movement. Neither artist took home a Grammy at the ceremony.

Some have stood behind the Grammys, saying women have not been entirely left out. Adele won twice for album of the year over that same six-year period, while Taylor Swift grabbed the award once. Meghan Trainor was chosen as best new artist in 2016 before Cara this year.

But the wins are still mostly men in those categories.

'People in that position of power need to be working a little bit harder to look at this as a complicated issue.' - Anne Douris, musician




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