Grammy President Says Women Need to "Step Up" to Win More Awards

Grammy President Says Women Need to

Grammy President Says Women Need to "Step Up" to Win More Awards

The Grammys' new woke identity was right there on the tee, but when the Recording Academy finally took its swing at something bigger, it still missed. Best New Artist Alessia Cara was the only woman who received a solo trophy on the main telecast, and of the 86 awards handed out on Sunday, only 17 went to women or female-led bands.

"This says it all", she wrote. Fans watching at home also joined in on the conversation by starting the #GrammysSoMale hashtag on social media, slamming the Grammys for the overwhelming about of male nominees and winners from this years' event - so it was totally the wrong moment for Grammys president Neil Portnow to put his foot in his mouth.

A Grammys spokesperson has responded to the controversy around Lorde being the only 2018 Best Album nominee not asked to perform her own song.

Oh, please. You can't have most of the male artists in the category perform and NOT Lorde.


Lorde seemingly had a response to the performance snub on Monday, tweeting in all caps, "IF YOU'RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE... COME SEE IT FOR URSELF" along with a link to her website.

"It's not for me to talk about", said Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich.

"Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry", she said. These shows are a matter of choices. She had a great album, but there's no way we can really deal with everybody.

It's worth noting that Grammys producers managed to find space for U2's Bono to perform twice, and for Sting - who wasn't nominated for anything - to perform with Shaggy. However, this sentiment is invalidated by the fact he singles out women in general. She was surrounded by a group of women - Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha and Camila Cabello among them - dressed in all white. Sony Music offered a tweet in support, but that was quickly deleted after a backlash tied to criticisms that the label had failed to support the singer during her legal battle with her alleged abuser. While introducing Kesha's performance, Janelle Monae urged support for "safe work environments, equal pay and access for all women". She continued, "To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time's up". "And equality is something we have to address on a lot of levels".

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