Women in the music industry call for “evolution” in the grammys

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Women in the music industry call for “evolution” in the grammys

The music industry’s top solo artists and senior female executives are demanding changes in the recording academy. The momentum has grown in the past week since the Jan. 28 telecast of this year’s grammy awards at Madison square garden.

Strong protest is the format and content of television this year and the recording academy – its members voted for the grammy awards professional organization – and a television producer – the highest level of official statements respond directly.

Among them are Pink, Fiona Apple, India.Arie, Sheryl Crow, Vanessa Carlton, Charli XCX and Kelly Clarkson, and two highly influential female industry executives. Many of these women are called on to the recording academy (also known as NARAS or the national recording arts and sciences) the operation mode of a fundamental change, and to change the organization’s leadership. NARAS has responded by planning to address gender bias. But NPR learned that the group does not know the current demographics of its membership.

Before the upcoming this year’s grammy awards, there are a lot of public speculation about whether the college will with Hollywood in this year’s golden globes do the coordination and effect of the same process # # MeToo and TimesUp — in meryl streep memorable to call it “bold black line”.

The recording academy may expect this evening to be a victory lap, marking the industry’s own 60th anniversary. Thanks to Kendrick Lamar’s provocative opening performance and specific market segments for #MeToo and #TimesUp, the organizers of the ceremony are likely to think they are checking all the correct boxes for 2018.

Instead, most of the “music’s biggest night, referred to as the recording academy like its coming is dedicated to security, familiar with in – including U2, sting and woolly show – but there are moments when today’s conversation peep into the field of vision. (Dave chapelle, kendrick Lamar’s mid-terms: “it is honest to see a black man in the United States, and even worse, an honest black man in America.”) )

During the three-and-a-half-hour telecast, only one solo female musician accepted an award on screen: Alessia Cara, who won the best new artist award.

Much of the talk about gender equality and alleged sexual misbehaviour was anchored in part of the TV show, except for the lapels of many participants and the white rose on the dress. First came the fiery introduction of singer and actress Janelle Monae, who said: “we are quiet, but we mean business. To those who dare to try to silence us, we will give you two words: time is up.

The following is a “prayer” led by Kesha, by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michels, Andra Day and Resistance Revival Chorus. And then it goes back to bono.

There have been high-profile allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct in the industry, and many female musicians have added their stories to the #MeToo campaign. But the accusations are not as widespread as they once were, nor are they as striking as the Hollywood charges.

NARAS has no jurisdiction over the wider music industry, but it may be the closest approximation to the record industry professional league. It is both a banner operator and a microcosm of large enterprises. In The week following The grammy awards, music fans, artists and other women have publicly expressed their disappointment at The Recording Academy.

In the audience, the only woman nominated for the album of the year award – the only woman to be nominated for album of the year – was set up without a performance on the TV. After the ceremony, Variety, a trade publication, asked the President and chief executive of the recording academy Neil Portnow and TV producer Ken Ehrlich about Lorde’s absence.

Mr. Ehrlich said Variety didn’t have the time to list Lord as a soloist. “These programs are a matter of choice,” Ehrlich said. “We have a box, it’s full,” he said, adding, “we can’t really deal with everyone.”

Since 2002, Portnow has led the recording academy; He replaced Michael green, who was forced to resign after accusing him of sexual harassment and abuse of another college administrator. (according to the New York times, the NARAS trustee allegedly paid a $650,000 settlement to the woman, then hired a private detective to check on green’s and female colleagues’ behavior.) Around the same time, the Los Angeles times also ran a series of investigation and review the financial position of the recording academy, and claims that the NARAS charity MusiCares spent less than 10% of the financing income to help artists.

In this year’s TV broadcast, Portnow has been shown in his lapel as the #TimesUp white rose – a comment on Variety that could be even more annoying for many women. “It must first be… Those who want to be musicians, want to be engineers, producers, and want to be a part of the executive industry, their hearts and souls are creative, “he said. . In a phrase that became notorious immediately, she added that women need to “strengthen because I think they will be welcomed”.

Some famous female musicians, like nine grammy award winners Sheryl Crow, and three winners Kelly Clarkson and Charli XCX, use social media to express their feelings. On January 30, another three grammy award-winner Pink in this year’s TV show her ballad “wild heart can be broken,” and posted a note, on Twitter directly comment on “strengthening” of Portnow, but did not mention Portnow himself.

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