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'Excuse Me?' The President of the Grammys Says Women Need to "Step Up" After Only One Woman Won an Award Last Night

The Internet was abuzz with whispers of #GrammysSoMale after last night's awards.

Last night's 60th Annual Grammy Awards left some people saying #GrammysSoMale after only one woman, Alessia Cara walked away from the music industry's greatest night with a Grammy. That's right. Out of all of the televised awards given out last night, only one went to a woman.

People are not happy that SZA, who was the most nominated female artist of the night with five nominations, walked away completely empty handed.

Nor were they too pleased that Ed Sheeran took home the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Shape of You," a song about the female body, while artists like Lady Gaga and Kesha (who was nominated for a song about sexual assault) got nothing.

Lorde, who was the only female nominee for Album of the Year, wasn't given the opportunity to perform at the Grammys because, "She had a great album, but there’s no way we can deal with everybody."

And of course, The Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow is defending the Grammys. Instead of acknowledging that it's a little shady for there to only be one woman awarded solo Grammy, Portnow said it's not The Recording Academy's fault. Instead, "women need to step up." I'm sorry...what?

Here's what he had to say:

“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. I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”

The Internet seems to disagree:

There is a lot of wonderful and meaningful music being made by women, especially during a time where we are trying to empower women to speak out and facilitate change in their industries. As evidenced by the Internet reaction, it's obviously disheartening to music fans that they aren't seeing female artists represented. Maybe it's time for The Grammys to step it up.

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