During the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, only one woman accepted an award during the live telecast portion of the evening. And it was the second award of the night. In total, 11 of 84 awards went to women. Following the show, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow was asked about those numbers and his response was less than savory.
Portnow said, “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.”
And he went on, “[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 [women] 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.”
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Here’s the other thing bothering viewers and artists about the show– Lorde, the only female nominated for Album of the Year, was not asked to perform. Lots of excuses were given, but it has to be pointed out that U2 performed more than once, Shaggy and Sting got a ton of stage time (even separately that’s a little weird in 2018) and there was that whole Broadway thing, which people loved, but was most unexplainable.
Lorde didn’t make a direct statement about any of the events surrounding the evening, but she did throw some major shade on Twitter.
After all of this, Pink had something to say. And she said it pretty plainly for all to read and hear, “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, 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.”
Pink was nominated for Best Solo Pop Performance– a category that boasted four out of five women as nominees, but– Ed Sheeran, who didn’t even attend the show, won the award.