Katy Perry Joins P!nk and Slams Recording Academy President After His 'Step Up' Comments: 'I'm Proud of All the Women'
Pop superstar Katy Perry is making sure we hear her roar, as she shows her support to fellow artist P!nk, who criticized Recording Academy President Neil Portnow for suggesting that women in music need to “step up” if they want more representation at the Grammys.
Hours after P!nk tweeted a passionate and powerful handwritten note to the social sharing site, Perry took to her own account to retweet the message and share her own thoughts. “Another powerful woman, leading by example,” she wrote. “We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I'm proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance.”
------------ Another powerful woman, leading by example. We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I'm proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance. ✊--
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— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 30, 2018The entire ordeal began after Portnow addressed critcism of the Grammys' lack of female winners following the awards, stating, ”I think 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, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on the executive level — to step up.”Pink shared her disgust over Portnow’s comment on Twitter, asserting that “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. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, 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.”
— P!nk (@Pink) January 29, 2018Other stars such as Charli XCX and Halsey slammed the Recording Academy President as well.
ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face.. women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about ????? https://t.co/EkijTA33QW
— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) January 29, 2018Neil’s comment was absurd. Female artists came HARD in 2017. But the nominees are selected by peers and their opinion of the music. Which means it’s a conversation about the standards of which the ENTIRE INDUSTRY expects women to uphold.
— h (@halsey) January 30, 2018