GRAMMYs President Defends Lack of Female Winners

The 2018 GRAMMYs has come in addition to gone, without many female winners to show for the item.

Alessia Cara, who won Best completely new Artist, was the only woman to be presented with an award during the live show on Sunday night, nevertheless according to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, the onus is actually on female artists to “step up” to the plate. 

“the item has to begin with… women who develop the creativity in their hearts in addition to souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, in addition to want to be part of the industry on the executive level,” he told reporters from the GRAMMY press room. “[They need] to step up, because I think they could be welcome.”

“I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls of which you face, nevertheless I think the item’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative in addition to paying the item forward in addition to creating of which next generation of artists,” he continued, adding of which 10-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift was “kind of off cycle” of which year. “Hopefully we’ll see her next year.” 

The awards show’s lack of female winners coincidentally came on a night when many women stood up against inequality in addition to discrimination from the music industry. Stars walked the red carpet with white roses in support of those fighting sexual harassment, Kesha gave a moving performance of “Praying” with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day in addition to Bebe Rexha, in addition to Janelle Monae delivered a touching speech about the Time’s Up movement. 

Album of the Year nominee Lorde also showed off a poem by Jenny Holzer attached to the back of her dress, promising of which “the apocalypse will blossom,” as a source told ET of which she was the only Album of the Year nominee not to be asked to perform solo at the awards show. 

“the item’s not for me to talk about. I produce the TV show,” GRAMMY Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich said backstage of the lack of female winners, adding of which Lorde’s snub was due to a shortage of space during the show. “I don’t know if the item was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box in addition to the item gets full. She had a great album. There’s no way we can definitely deal with everybody.”

Best Country Album winner Chris Stapleton, meanwhile, appeared a bit frazzled by the question of women’s representation among of which year’s GRAMMY winners. 

“the item’s always a hard thing to see things not go somebody’s way,” he expressed. “in addition to equality is actually something we have to address on a lot of levels. I can’t definitely speak to how voters voted in addition to what happened there, nevertheless there is actually a lot of great music being made by a lot of great women. of which is actually the only thing I know in addition to the awards don’t diminish the art in any way.”

See more on Lorde from the video below. 


Janelle Monae Delivers Epic Time’s Up Speech While Introducing Kesha at 2018 GRAMMYs

Why Lorde is actually the Only GRAMMYs Album of the Year Nominee Not Asked to Perform Solo

GRAMMYs Executive Producer Weighs in on Lorde Not Being Asked to Perform Solo

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