After last night’s upset where only one woman (Alessia Cara) took home a GRAMMY, the internet went absolutely bonkers and took over Twitter with the hashtag #GrammysSoMale
The biggest robbery of the evening was when Ed Sheeran (barf) won over Kesha, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey for Best Pop Single. Um, excuse me! But did you hear Kesha’s emotional, heartbreaking song “Praying”? Or Lady Gaga’s powerful “Million Reasons”?
Apparently not because the President of the Academy had some nasty things to say about the female artists. Neil Portnow told Variety after the show,
“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… [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”
Female artists need to “step up”? Women set the standard for music this year between Gaga’s entire album Joanne, Kesha’s triumphant return to music after year’s of legal battles, Selena Gomez’s new sound on “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” and Rihanna just being Rihanna.
It’s insulting that women constantly have to prove themselves just to be considered award-worthy. This year’s female nominees pushed the boundaries in every way possible.
To pick on the “Best Pop Single” award just a bit more — Ed Sheeran was actually sued by TLC for stealing the rhythm from “No Scrubs” and was forced to give them credit. (He’s also been accused of stealing his song “Photograph”). So how is that “stepping up?” Meanwhile, Kesha poured her heart into a song about emotional abuse and created something original and mesmerizing. There is no question who the winner is here.
If Neil Portnow can’t see that then perhaps it’s time he step down.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.