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Pink to Neil Portnow: Women Have Stepped Up in Music From the Start

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Pink performs "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" at the Grammy awards on Sunday. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:53 AM

Singer Pink led the expected backlash to Grammy president Neil Portnow’s comments in response to the #GrammysSoMale hashtag trending on social media that women need to "step up" in the music recording industry if they want to win awards.

Portnow had responded to the hashtag when asked about only one woman – Canadian singer Alessia Cara for best new artist – winning a major Grammy category during the awards telecast on Sunday night, Variety reported.

"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 the executive level," Portnow, president of the Recording Academy said, per Variety.

"(They need) to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don't have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you 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 of artists," he continued.

That brought a handwritten response from Pink and posted on Twitter Monday.

"Women in music don't need to 'step up' – women have been stepping since the beginning of time," the singer wrote. "Stepping up, and also steppin aside. Women owned music this year. They’ve been killing it. And every year before this.”

"When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplisments of women, and how much women step up every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair," she continued.

Some also complained that the only female artist nominated for album of the year, Lorde, wasn't given a solo performance at the Grammys, Time magazine reported. The other nominees in the category, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, all performed Sunday, the magazine noted.

"I don't know if it was a mistake," Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told Variety. "These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There's no way we can really deal with everybody."

The response to Portnow comments continued this week.

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Singer Pink led the expected backlash to Grammy president Neil Portnow’s comments in response to the #GrammysSoMale hashtag trending on social media that women need to "step up" in the music recording industry if they want to win awards.
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