Pink Fires Back at Recording Academy's Advice for Female Artists to "Step Up"

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"Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside."

Pink is the latest celebrity to join the recent uprising against the Recording Academy.

While major female artists like Alessia Cara and Rihanna went home with trophies at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards ceremony, the vast majority of winners were men. According to a report by Dr. Stacy L. Smith of USC Annenberg, of the nominees in five major categories over the last 6 years — a total of 899 nominees — women comprised just 9 percent. 

In response, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow showed no remorse for the artists the organization chose. “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," he said. 

Portnow’s line that sparked frustration in the music industry’s women followed: "[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.”

Pink, who performed during the ceremony, took to Twitter to share a handwritten note full of outrage and support for her fellow female artists: “Women in music don’t need to “step up” – women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside. Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this.”

She continued: “When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

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