Man behind Grammys faces backlash after telling women to 'step up.'

Kendrick Lamar performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards Sunday at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Portnow's logic is the equivalent of "I'm not hitting you"-you know, when a kid hits another child with the child's own arm and pleads innocence". According to TMZ, sources close to Lorde said she wasn't offered a solo performance slot, but rather part of the Tom Petty tribute.

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich weighed in on the drama too, as he was asked if it was a mistake to not include the Melodrama singer.

In an award season where the focus is on equality for women, you would think that all award show producers would have some killer quotes ready when they're inevitably asked a question about the topic.

"We have a wealth of riches every year, and it's hard to have a balanced show and have everybody involved", Portnow said of the lineup amid criticism.

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The tweet could be seen as throwing major shade at the Grammy Awards because she wasn't offered a solo performance spot like her fellow Album of the Year nominees.

The 2018 Grammys was quite possibly one of the most woke ceremonies in the history of the awards show with dozens of musicians and celebrities using their voices to fight back against gender inequality. "We have to create [a show] that has balance. and what you saw was our best judgment on how to do that". These shows are a matter of choices.

'I don't know if it was a mistake. We have a box and it gets full. Hip-hop, far and away the most dominant genre in the US, was again relegated to its own corner, losing in all of the big four categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist).

Regardless, Portnow indicated that next year's show may be more female driven as Taylor Swift's Reputation will be eligible. And the Best Pop Vocal Performance award went to Ed Sheeran, the only man in a category that was otherwise dominated by women, including Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Lady Gaga, and Kesha, who was nominated for "Praying", a song that not only more than delivers performance wise, but also, at the height of the Me Too movement, feels more meaningful than ever. But last week, her mother, Sonja Yelich, tweeted an excerpt from a New York Times article that noted over the last six years, only 9 percent of nominees have been women. She was kind of off cycle. "COME SEE IT FOR URSELF" along with a link to her website.

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