charli xcx responds to claim female musicians need to ‘step up’
“wtf is this dude talking about ?????”
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On Sunday, the Grammys basically snubbed half the world’s population by giving only one solo female artist an award. Lorde was reportedly only invited to perform in an ‘ensemble’ -- while all her fellow male Best Album nominees got their fill of solo stage time. Last week, Wireless shared their line up of 40+ artists that featured only three women. So it’s great that Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, has given us his hot take on why this isn’t the manifestation of hundreds of years of systematic sexism. He thinks its simple solution is for female musicians to “step up”.
I’ll save you reading the whole thing:
“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.”
And I thought we stopped reading The Secret years ago. Anyway, over to Charli XCX:
Wtf indeed. Women. are. killing. it. in. music. right. now. So, Portnow, do us a favour and define what constitutes ‘stepping up’? Because here we all were thinking that it was SZA slam dunking 2017 with Ctrl. Or Lorde’s seminal Melodrama. Or Charli herself's innovative mixtape of phenomenal women: MØ, Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen, ALMA, Caroline Polachek, Brooke Candy, CupcakKe, Tommy Cash, Dorian Electra, Kim Petras, queer artist Mykki Blanco and drag queen Pabllo Vittaar.