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Grammy's President tells women to "step-up" as men sweep awards

The Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow, has leapt to the defence of the award show as male artists went on to clear-up all but one of the major awards on the night.

Alessia Cara was the only female to pick up a major honour when she won the 2018 Grammy for ‘Best New Artist’. While SZA, the most nominated female artist with five, won none of her categories.

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In an interview with Variety, Portnow said “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.”

Portnow went on to tell Variety that, although dealing with “personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face,” the Grammys must strive “to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative.”

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