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Recording Academy President Regrets Telling Female Artists To 'Step Up' — Here's What He's Now Saying About #GrammysSoMale!

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Neil Portnow didn't mean to upset you when he said that female artists and executives needed to "step up" in order to get more Grammys love.

The Recording Academy President/CEO sparked outrage on Sunday night over his response to the low number of lady Grammy winners in 2018, for which he suggested was due to women in the industry not working hard enough.

Yup, his response to the #GrammysSoMale controversy was that women were the problem. Cue outrage in 3… 2…

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After igniting the ire of audiences and prompting outraged responses from artists like Pink and Charli XCX, Portnow surfaced again on Tuesday morning to clarify his comments.

In a statement to Variety, the Recording Academy Prez said he regretted using the words "step up," claiming those words do not convey his beliefs on the subject. He wrote:

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WTF! Recording Academy President Responds To #GrammysSoMale Controversy By Telling Women In Music To 'Step Up'!

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This is BEYOND fucked up.

ICYMI, during Sunday's Grammys, only one woman walked away the victor in a major category — it was Alessia Cara for Best New Artist. To make matters worse, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow has since uttered the most backwards statement on the #GrammysSoMale controversy.

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On how the status quo could change at the major music event, Portnow told Variety:

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Grammys Head Honcho Neil Portnow Doesn't Think There's A 'Problem With Race At All' Following Beyoncé Snub

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The last black artist to win Album of the Year at the Grammys was Herbie Hancock in 2008, and the last black woman was Lauryn Hill in 1999.

But still — the President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Neil Portnow, doesn't think "there's a race problem at all" with the voting system.

In an interview with Pitchfork this week following Beyoncé's controversial snub and boycotts from artists like Frank Ocean, Portnow commented on the award show's apparent shut-out of minority artists.

Related: The Grammys Were Pretty Political This Year!

He said:

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Grammy President Neil Portnow Has Already Released A Response To Kanye West's Twitter Tirade!

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In Kanye West's latest rant, the self-proclaimed 'most important living artist' attacked the Grammys as being out of date and culturally irrelevant.

But he had tons of ideas on how to fix that.

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He even went so far as to call for a meeting with National Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow to discuss some changes!

Well, surprisingly, Portnow has heard Ye's beef, and he's already responded — pretty positively! He wrote:

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Kanye West Announces New Album Coming This Summer In The Middle Of ANOTHER Twitter Rant Slamming The Grammys!

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We wish we were kidding.

Kanye West has been on an absolute TEAR recently as he's ranted and raved almost more than we can keep up with!

Just in the last couple days, Ye has ripped music producer Bob Ezrin on Twitter and went off on a crowd at OAK 1.

Related: Kim Kardashian Reportedly 'Demanded' Kanye Get Therapy

Well West is at it again as he took to Twitter AGAIN to rip the Grammys as he requested to speak to Neil Portnow — the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Oh, and he announced he's got another album coming this summer too!

Ch-ch-check out the latest in the saga of Crazytown Bananapants Kanye's rants (below):

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Drama Heats Up Over Why Lauryn Hill Didn't Perform At The Grammys — See The Singer's Most Recent Statements!

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The Grammys were pretty great this year with several memorable performances.

One act that we were hoping to see though was the rumored pairing of Lauryn Hill and The Weeknd!

Unfortunately, we learned shortly after the award show from Hill's rep that the Grammys were the ones that prematurely announced the performance as it was never a sure thing and was supposed to be a surprise.

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Well in a classic case of he-said/she-said, the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow talked a bit about the award show's hiccups and responded to Lauryn's rep's statements on Monday evening by saying it wasn't "accurate."

Portnow went on to say:

"We had rehearsals off-site that she didn't attend, but we had a dress rehearsal onstage that she did attend. When it came to showtime, we were told she was late, three minutes to seven minutes out, but she didn't make it."

Well the Ready or Not singer's people weren't going to let that fly as they released another statement on Wednesday disagreeing with Neil, saying:

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