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Recording Academy President Addresses “Race” and Grammy’s


Is Racism the reason why Adele won Album of the Year over Beyoncé at the Grammy’s?

No one really knows the answer to that question but that has been the buzz of the Internet since the awards show aired on Sunday night.

However, the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow isn’t blind to the rumors and discussions swirling around the topic of race probably being a factor in Adele winning that award.

And he wasted no time in making a statement to shut down those rumors and discussions.

In an interview with Pitchfork, Portnow firmly stated, “No, I don’t think there’s a race problem at all,”

Beyoncé’s loss to Adele wasn’t only questionable to her dedicated fan base known as the Beyhive and fans of the album “Lemonade” but also by Adele who was the winner.

Adele is one of 14,000 members of the Recording Academy who select the Grammy winners, and she openly stated that even her vote went to “Lemonade”.

Portnow also stated “always hard to create objectivity out of something that’s inherently subjective. We don’t, as musicians, in my humble opinion, listen to music based on gender or race or ethnicity. When you go to vote on a piece of music — at least the way that I approach it — is you almost put a blindfold on and you listen.”

Portnow also stated that the Recording Academy is always dedicated to making the organization more diverse not only in race but also in gender and age as well.

“At the end of the day, we just went through a popular election, but you had the overlay of an electoral college,” the Recording Academy stated. “And so the popular vote doesn’t necessarily in and of itself create the recipient of the election. In our case, the popular vote stands by itself and completely determines who receives an award in any given year.”

Portnow even offered a suggestion for those in the music industry who were not satisfied with this year Grammy’s results, “Just become members, join and vote. Then you have the say if you want it.”