UPDATE 2: A petition demanding the ouster of Recording Academy president Neil Portnow surpassed its original goal of 10,000 signatures overnight. By Thursday afternoon 12,992 had signed demanding the exec exit after comments that women need to "step up" if they want to end systemic gender discrimination in music.
Helping to drive the online petition to oust Neil Portnow past 12,000 12,992 towards a new goal of 12,0000 13,000 signatures were some of the superstar musicians and music industry professionals who have experienced the gender bias Recording Academy president downplayed with his recent comments.
Attention everyone, especially musicians: Step up. And sign the petition to have Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy/Grammy's, to step down. We are close to our goal of 10000 votes. Pass along. https://t.co/GGOY95eUhy— Vanessa Carlton (@VanessaCarlton) January 31, 2018
Nobody else had to grow a beard to receive a nomination.— Lady Gaga (@NewzzGaga) February 1, 2018
Neil Portnow is just biased and doesn’t appreciate good music from females in 2016/2017. https://t.co/5SAXPNpv8a
READ & SIGN THE PETITION HERE.