Female execs call for Grammys chief's resignation after 'insulting' comments about women
Female music executives are calling for The Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow to resign, after his statement at Sunday's Grammy Awards that women need to "step up" if they want better representation. (Only one woman, best-new-artist winner Alessia Cara, took home a major award during this year's televised broadcast on Jan. 28.)
In an open letter published Thursday on Billboard, more than a dozen women across the music business denounced Portnow for his "spectacularly wrong and insulting" comments, writing that his "most recent remarks do not constitute recognition of women’s achievements, but rather a call for men to take action to 'welcome' women. We do not await your welcome into the fraternity. We do not have to sing louder, jump higher or be nicer to prove ourselves.
"We step up every single day and have been doing so for a long time," the letter continues. "The fact that you don’t realize this means it’s time for you to step down. Today we are stepping up and stepping in to demand your resignation."
A Care2 online petition calling for his resignation has gathered 13,000 signatures toward its goal of 14,000.
The longtime Recording Academy chief released a statement Thursday saying that he understands his "poor choice of words" and that the Recording Academy is creating a task force to uncover biases impeding women's success in the industry.