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Grammys president responds after “regrettably” saying women need to “step up”

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Grammy president Neil Portnow has issued a statement on the comments he made that were posted in Variety where he was quoted saying women need “to step up” after the male-dominated winners at Sunday night’s awards. Via Hollywood Reporter:

Last night, I was asked a question about the lack of female artist representation in certain categories of this year’s Grammy Awards. Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make. Our industry must recognize that women who dream of careers in music face barriers that men have never faced. We must actively work to eliminate these barriers and encourage women to live their dreams and express their passion and creativity through music. We must welcome, mentor and empower them. Our community will be richer for it. I regret that I wasn’t as articulate as I should have been in conveying this thought. I remain committed to doing everything I can to make our music community a better, safer, and more representative place for everyone.

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