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What The Recording Academy President Has To Say About Male-Dominated 2018 Grammys



Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, recently shared his thoughts on why he thinks this year's Grammy Awards was dominated by male artists.

Portnow said that female artists need to step up their game so that they can win at the Grammy Awards next year. On Sunday, Alessia Cara was the only solo female singer who was recognized in the Best New Artist category at the Grammys.

"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..." said Portnow.

Ken Ehrlich, the producer of this year's Grammy Awards, was asked the same question, but he said that it is not for him to answer. Ehrlich said that he simply produces the show.

He was also asked to comment on whether or not he thinks it was a mistake that Lorde did not win Album of the Year.

"I don't know if it was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There's no way we can really deal with everybody," said Ehrlich.

Male Singers Win At 2018 Grammy Awards

Following the awards show, the hashtag "GrammysSoMale" became widely used on Twitter. One of the biggest winners at the Grammys this year is Bruno Mars, who took home a total of seven awards. Two of his seven recognitions include Album of the Year and Record of the Year for his 24K Magic album.

Kendrick Lamar also brought home two awards in the Best Rap Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration categories. He accepted the latter with Rihanna since the two singers collaborated in the song "Loyalty."

Ed Sheeran won Best Pop Solo Performance even though he did not make it to the show. Sheeran's win upset some fans because he was the only male singer nominated in the category.

The "Thinking Out Loud" crooner was nominated alongside Katy Perry, Pink, Kesha and Lady Gaga. Fans also noted that Sheeran's chance at bringing home the award was slim compared to the four female singers, but he still managed to win over them.

There were also some male artists who were not impacted by the male-dominated awards show on Sunday night. Jay-Z was nominated in eight categories, but he did not bring home a single trophy. Louis Fonsi was also nominated in three categories, but he did not win a single award.

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