P!nk is the latest celebrity to join the uprising against the Recording Academy.
While major female artists like Alessia Cara and Rihanna went home with trophies at Sunday night’s Grammys, the vast majority of winners were men. Furthermore, out of all 899 nominees, women only took up 9% of the list.
In response, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow showed no remorse for the artists the organization chose. “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,” he told Variety.
Portnow’s line that sparked frustration in the music industry’s women followed: “[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.”
P!nk, who performed at the ceremony, took to Twitter to share a handwritten note full of outrage and support for her fellow female artists: “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 looks like to be fair,” she continued.