The President of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow said women needed to step up to ‘be part of’ the Grammys, after a low number of female winners and performers at Sunday’s show.
One day later, rapper Iggy Azalea called him out as well as the women who attended the awards show and wore and carried white roses for the Time’s Up movement.
The Australian artist, 27, tweeted on Monday ‘Neil Portnow really has me heated with his “Women need to step up” Grammy-Boys-Club bulls**t statement.
Iggy responded: ‘Or instead of being gracious and wearing white flowers on the carpet women should consider if we NEED to take firmer action and stay at home in PJs next year… see how that works out for Neil.’.
Iggy is referring to attendees of the Grammy Awards wore and held on to white roses in support of the Time’s Up movement.
Neil 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.
A hashtag on Twitter, #GrammysSoMale came to be after men won awards in every single category except Best New Artist, which went to Alessio Cara.Pink also penned a note, which she shared to Twitter, expressing her anger toward Neil for his ‘step up’ statement.
She wrote: ‘Women in music don’t need to “Step up” – women have been stepping since the beginning of time.
She added: ‘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 looks like to be fair.