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#GrammysSoMale Controversy. "Women Need To Step Up!" Academy President Neil Portnow Says

Last night the Grammys sought out to support women without actually awarding them. Before the show even began, attendees walked the red carpet with white roses in a show of support for the #TimesUp campaign. 

During the show Janelle Monae condemned the abuse of power by men before announcing Ke$ha's powerful performance of "Praying." Joined onstage by Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha and Camila Cabello, the song was written as a response to the sexual and emotional abuse Ke$ha says she experienced at the hands of Dr. Luke.

The performance was POWERFUL... but despite all the showy ways the Academy tried to sing along and say #MeToo.. not many female artists could say those awards in regards to walking away with an award that night.

Here is the list of female Grammys winners from the 2018 ceremony:

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara;

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant;

Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans;

Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire;

Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira;

Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb;

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher;

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra).

Of course, #GrammysSoMale (a clear repeat of the #OscarSoWhite movement) starting trending on Twitter. Here's what Recording Academy president Neil Portnow 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.”

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