Neil Portnow

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