After only one women won a major award at the Grammy's this year, Neil Portnow, president of the Grammy's, said that women needed to "step up" in response to the clear gender divide.
His comment was quickly met with a reality check from major players of the game, including P!nk who wrote a hand written letter to Neil.
THANK GOD WE'RE FINALLYYYY TALKING ABOUT HOW SCAMMY THE GRAMMYS ARE!!!! I love you pink— Austin 🌺 (@fxtishgomez) January 29, 2018
A slew of other female superstars chimed in on how ridiculous the president's comment was.
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Another powerful woman, leading by example. We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I'm proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance. ✊🏻— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 30, 2018
P.s VH1 Divas Live. https://t.co/RDmB7zRfId
Neil’s comment was absurd. Female artists came HARD in 2017. But the nominees are selected by peers and their opinion of the music. Which means it’s a conversation about the standards of which the ENTIRE INDUSTRY expects women to uphold.— h (@halsey) January 30, 2018
Maybe it’s nepotism and our opinion / votes don’t actually matter. Maybe it’s selected by the Grammy board members in the end. Maybe it’s all a sham. I just really wish I got to see justice and fairness and ONE woman winning a televised award is bullshit.— h (@halsey) January 30, 2018
Neil Portnow really has me heated with his "women need to step up" Grammy-Boys-Club bullshit statement.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
😂 Or instead of being gracious and wearing white flowers on the carpet (bringing in the viewers for his telecast in designer gowns) 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. https://t.co/Qu3URie8ue— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
Tegan and Sara jumped in on the conversation saying that the time is up on men abusing power.
"We say time’s up for pay inequality, time’s up for discrimination, time’s up for harassment of any kind, and time’s up for the abuse of power." "And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo a culture that does not serve us well." @JanelleMonae— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) January 29, 2018
Sheryl Crow made a statement about bringing back the female/male categories.
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
athletic ability and physicality is one thing, but you're saying women can't sing or play instruments, or make music on level as men so they need their own category? Pop Solo had 4 women by the way. 3/6 in Pop Album.— Graeme O'Neil (@GraemeONeil) January 29, 2018
Music fans had something to say about the situation too.
HAHAHAHHA that is the WEAKEST thing I’ve ever heard “Step Up” are you crazy?????? What about SZA/Solange/Dua Lipa/Grimes/Abra/Noname/Kehlani/Syd/Kelela/Jorja Smith/Princess Nokia/Anohni/Bjork/Tove Lo/MØ/Charli XCX/Lady Gaga/Beyonce??? Think again #GrammysSoMale— Oscar Scheller (@oscar_scheller) January 29, 2018
So 1 woman won a Grammy last night. The head of the Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that women need to "step up." Seems to me there are systemic barriers. See research from @Inclusionists— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) January 29, 2018
It's not on the women. It's on the industry. https://t.co/IHvxBpYW0D
Lets all thank P!nk for bringing this man back down to reality, shall we?