Male music execs call for ‘significant and robust action’ from Grammys organisation in new letter

The note comes after female executives in the industry called the Recording Academy "woefully out of touch" following this year's ceremony

Male music industry executives have called on the Grammys organisation to take “significant and robust action” following the lack of female representation at this year’s awards.

Alessia Cara was the only female winner of a major award at the event last month (January 28), while Lorde was the only female Album Of The Year nominee, and the only one not invited to perform solo.

After the awards, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told reporters women needed to “step up” to advance their careers, causing huge backlash. He later announced a new task force would target “female advancement” in the industry.

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Lorde was the only Album Of The Year nominee not invited to perform solo

Female executives wrote two open letters to the Recording Academy, with one calling the group “woefully out of touch”. Now, their male counterparts have now sent their own message “in solidarity of the women who penned letters to you regarding gender disparity and ask that more significant and robust action be taken by the Recording Academy to answer their call.”

It cited statistics noting that 90 percent of almost 900 Grammy nominations between 2013 and 2018 were male, as Variety reports, and said that NARAS, the academy’s legal name, is “meant to reflect all of the music industry and be “by the people and for the people”. “Structural flaws in the makeup of The Recording Academy itself have led to systemic issues in the selection of nominees and winners for the awards,” the letter continued.

“Now is the time for NARAS to lead and be transparent and dedicated to transforming its member base to truly mirror the rich gender and cultural diversity of our community.  NARAS should reveal the diversity (and/or the lack thereof) of its voting members and make necessary changes to the population of the Academy to better reflect the diverse music business voices the organisation is meant to serve.”

Following Portnow’s initial comments, female executives called for the academy boss’ resignation. “The statement you made this week about women in music needing to ‘step up’ was spectacularly wrong and insulting and, at its core, oblivious to the vast body of work created by and with women,” the women said in a  letter. “Today we are stepping up and stepping in to demand your resignation.”