‘Gender bias working group”, launched by the Grammys

Reuters

An independent working group is established to examine the “role of gender” at the Grammy Awards.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that women needed to “step up” when asked about the lack of recognition they received Sunday.

Only 17 out of 86 awards went to women or women-fronted bands in 2018 ceremony.

He says now that they have a “poor choice of words,” and that the “sexism” in the industry, which needs to be addressed.

“We’re going to put it under a microscope and tackle whatever truths are revealed,” he said of the investigation.

Rose had previously sent to Mr. Portnow, in an open letter, stating: “Women have increased since the beginning of time.”

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The Recording Academy, which is composed of 13 000 music professionals who vote on the industry’s most prestigious prize, said that he “identify where we can do more to overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that prevent women from advancement in the middle of the music.”

Before Portnow’s announcement, a group of women record executives, including Pharrell and John Legend managers, has called for his resignation.

“We walk every day and have for a long time,” the letter said.

“The fact that you don’t realize that this means that it is time for you to get off.”

Lorde was the only female artist nominated for best album, and was also the only act in the category of not being invited to sing a solo in the night.

She has taken an advertisement in the New Zealand Herald appears to respond to the lack of representation of women.

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A recent University of Southern California, the study said that between 2013 and 2018, less than 10% of the Grammy nominees were women.

The only woman to win one of the main awards at this year’s ceremony was Alessia Cara, for the Best New Artist.

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