Neil Portnow

Deborah Dugan to Succeed Neil Portnow as Recording Academy President

(RED) CEO Deborah Dugan has been selected to succeed Neil Portnow as the Recording Academy’s new president/CEO, Billboard has learned from multiple high-level sources.

Recording Academy Launches Campaign to Hire More Women Producers and Engineers

A diversity task force launched by the Recording Academy in the wake of outgoing president Neil Portnow's dim comments about women has announced a new campaign encouraging…
Tosten Burks / February 1, 2019

Alicia Keys to Host 2019 Grammy Awards

Alicia Keys has announced that she will be hosting the 2019 Grammy Awards on February 1o in Los Angeles. "I know what it feels…
Maggie Serota / January 15, 2019

Next Year’s Big Grammys Categories Will Have Eight Nominees Instead of Five

Next year's Grammy Awards will see some significant changes to four major categories, as Billboard reports today. Recording Academy voters will now be able to select between…
Anna Gaca / June 26, 2018

Neil Portnow Will Step Down as Recording Academy President in 2019

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow is planning to step down from his position by next summer, sources told Billboard. Portnow confirmed that he's…
Maggie Serota / May 31, 2018

Grammys Defends Its Representation: 17 Percent of Our Nominees Are Women

The Recording Academy has come under criticism recently for its lack of representation of women among Grammy nominees. A widely shared University of Southern California…
Andy Cush / February 15, 2018

Campaign of Female Music Execs Call for Grammy Chief Neil Portnow’s Resignation

The #MeToo movement has made its way through Hollywood and journalism, but now it looks like the campaign has finally come to the music industry.
Rob Arcand / February 1, 2018

Recording Academy President Regrets Saying Women in Music Should “Step Up”

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow is walking back the quote he gave to Variety backstage at Sunday night's Grammys when asked why women were barely represented during the televised awards. Portnow received considerable…
Maggie Serota / January 30, 2018

Grammys 2018: Academy President Says Female Artists Should “Step Up” in Order to Win More Awards

Last night, Variety asked Recording Academy president Neil Portnow to comment on the overwhelming dominance of male winners at the Grammy Awards last night. Throughout all of the…
Winston Cook-Wilson / January 29, 2018

Recording Academy President on the Grammys: “I Don’t Think There’s a Race Problem At All”

Adele's win over Beyoncé for Album of the Year drew criticism from a swath of viewers and artists, including Adele herself. Herbie Hancock, who won the…
Brian Josephs / February 14, 2017