Iggy Azalea calls for women to boycott the 2019 Grammys after ‘step up’ comments angers stars

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Iggy Azalea calls for women to boycott the 2019 Grammys after 'step up' comments anger
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Rapper Iggy Azalea has called for women to boycott the Grammy Awards all together next year, following comments from its president that have angered stars.

Following the ceremony, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow’s commented that women in music need to ‘step up’ if they want to win Grammys have – understandably – been met with disgust by the musical community.

Especially as both women and men called for a more inclusive and less discriminating industry.

Pink was one of the first to call out Portnow’s comments, and now Iggy has added her word, taking to Twitter to let her followers know ‘Neil Portnow really has me heated’.

Neil Portnow really has me heated with his "women need to step up" Grammy-Boys-Club bullshit statement.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018

The Aussie responded to a fan who suggested she ‘diss’ him in an upcoming track, saying: ‘Or instead of being gracious and wearing white flowers on the carpet (bringing in the viewers for his telecast in designer gowns) women should consider if we NEED to take firmer action and stay at home in PJs next year… see how that works out for Neil.’

For Sunday night’s ceremony Iggy got in some practice of non-attendance, as she jetted back to Los Angeles after attending the star-studded Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch in New York.

Her comments were heard loud and clear among other stellar musicians, who hit back at Portnow’s comments made following the Madison Square Garden soiree.

In response to accusations the winners were dominated by males, he was quoted as 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, 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.’

Oh no he didn’t.

Alongside Iggy, nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow called out Portnow’s comments as simply ‘sexist’ and ‘insensitive’.

She said: ‘To put it on women not tapping into their creativity and not pushing for roles in the business of music such as producing, it seemingly comes off as sexist.

‘It is a strangely insensitive thing to say, particularly at this juncture of women standing up for themselves, demanding equality and fairness. The lack of female representation is not about there not being enough quality coming from women in music, it’s about the fact that the opportunities for women to have a presence have been chopped in half. #GrammysSoMale [sic]’

Pink was also angered by the remarks, publishing an open letter in response on social media.

She wrote: ‘WOMEN IN MUSIC don’t need to “step up”. Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside. Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this.

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‘When we celebrate and honour the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair. [sic]’

Since then Charli XCX and Katy Perry have also joined the cause, while Lorde tweeted out following her performance snub.

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