Dua Lipa Says Women ‘Really Stepped Up’ This Year After She Wins Best New Artist at 2019 Grammys

Her statement was interpreted to be a dig at outgoing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who in 2018 responded to criticism that the show’s winners were overwhelmingly male by saying, “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, […]

Grammy President Neil Portnow Says 2019 Nominations Reflect the ‘Excellent’ Work Done by Women This Year

“One thing that I know clearly after doing this for a long time is that being a Grammy nominee, while not the same as being a Grammy recipient, is still the most prestigious honor that an artist or a creator in the music space can receive,” he says. “I think what really drives that home […]

Grammys Chief Neil Portnow Announces Task Force to Aid ‘Female Advancement’ in Wake of Backlash

Concluding, “I appreciate that the issue of gender bias needs to be addressed in our industry, and share in the urgency to attack it head-on. We as an organization, and I as its leader, pledge our commitment to doing that. We will share more information about the steps we are taking in the coming weeks.”

Pink Slams Grammy President’s ‘Women Need to Step Up’ Remark: We ‘Owned Music This Year’

“To address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. But I was nominated and won and I am not going to be […]

Brandy Clark’s breakup record allows creative freedom

But one of the biggest left turns on the record is a duet with Randy Newman, famous for his Oscar-winning film compositions and wry musical songs. Clark pitched a song she wrote called “Bigger Boat” to Newman, who agreed to do it if he could cut out a curse word. “He said, ‘I changed that […]

Kacey Musgraves Covers Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Houston 24 Years After Late Singer’s Last Concert

Next up for Musgraves — who is currently on her Oh What a World: Tour— is the ACM Awards, where she’s nominated for five categories, including Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7 at […]

Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is a party with a purpose

“I wanted to really show another side of me,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I always speak up about female equality and gender equality in general and female rights, (but) it was very important for me to put something in that’s very close to my heart, that I feel would […]

The Sequence: The Funked-Up Legacy of Hip-Hop’s First Ladies

“I was living in Connecticut, and I had just moved in an apartment, hardly had anything in it. I had the radio on, I was cleaning, and I heard ‘Keep their heads ringing … ding ding dong,‘” Chisolm recalls about first hearing the Dr. Dre hit. “Then we all started calling each other, and we’re […]

Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West: A Beef History

By fall 2015, many of us mistakenly believed that the longstanding feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift had finally reached an end. The clash started at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, when West leapt onstage to interrupt Swift’s acceptance speech. It seemed to have concluded on that same stage, when Taylor presented Kanye with Michael […]