Well, he does kinda deserve it…
Okay, so let’s back up. Despite the GRAMMYs having the most diverse cast of nominees this year, men walked home with all but one major award (Best New Artist, which went to Alessia Cara.) Naturally, people criticized the Academy for sexism and focusing on a song’s popularity over the work put into it and the type of reaction/change it created. So, instead of assauging these concerns, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow’s told women they need to “step up” if they want to win awards.
*Record Screech Noise*
Yeah, that comment went over as well as you think.
Since then, P!NK posted a handwritten letter to Portnow on Twitter, which reads;
“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ – women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside. Women owned music this year. They’ve been killing it. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments 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 means to be fair.”
She lost Best Pop Solo Performance to Ed Sheeran, who was the only man nominated in the category.
Sheryl Crow mulled over the possibility of bringing back separate categories for men and women, saying it’s hard to inspire girls to pick up the guitar when men dominate every category.
I wish the #Grammys would return to female/male categories. Who will young girls be inspired by to pick up a guitar and rock when most every category is filled with men? I’m not sure it is about women needing to “step up”, (as said by the male in charge). #GrammysSoMale https://t.co/v1rvbT3pCC
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) January 29, 2018
However, some people weren’t as diplomatic. Charli XCX said she would “step up”… on Portnow’s face. Then again, that kinda is her style to taking criticism. I’m sure she’s not the only female recording artist who feels this way about his response, which the media calls “tone deaf.”
ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face.. women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about ????? https://t.co/EkijTA33QW
— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) January 29, 2018
Canadian duo Tegan and Sara also voiced their concerns, saying, the American Music Industry is “consistent across North America in putting the blame on women for not being nominated.”
Maybe the Recording Academy needs to retool how these awards are voted on. Or, as Sheryl suggested, bring back the separate categories.