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Grammys President Says Women Need To 'Step Up' And People Aren't Happy

By Mark Pygas

The Grammys took place on Sunday, and of the major televised awards, Alessia Cara was the only woman to win, taking solo for best new artist. In non-televised awards, two other women, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, won best country duo/group performance. 

Lorde was the only woman nominated for album of the year, but many were disappointed to learn that she was not invited to perform at the show. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich were pressed by reporters as to the lack of women in the height of the 'Me Too' movement. And their response has made things worse. 

"These shows are always a matter of choices, and we know we have a box and the box gets full and filled up,” Ehrlich told reporters. “She had a great album, album of the year is a big honor, but there's no way we can really deal with everybody. Sometimes people get left out that shouldn't, but on the other hand, we did the best we can to make sure that it's a representative and balanced show."