Organization Grammy Awards denies rassenprobleem
The organization of the Grammy Awards, is of the opinion that there is no racism around the award show. Various artists have in recent weeks, particularly in the days after the presentation, negative comments about the lack of diversity at the Grammy’s.
“No, I think not that there is a rassenprobleem is”, said president of the Grammy Awards Neil Portnow. In an interview with Pitchfork, he points out that winners are elected by votes. “So when we talk about the Grammy’s, it’s not about a business entity, but about 14,000 members of the Academy.”
Nevertheless, could the award show on many critics charge this year. Advance gifts, among others, Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Justin Bieber that they would not be available. Inter alia, by the lack of diversity among the nominees.
Afterwards, there was a lot of misunderstanding that Adele the award for best album of the year won instead of Beyoncé. Many artists believe it to be a rassenkwestie. Portnow stores such criticism, however, in the wind.
“According to my humble opinion, we listen to musicians not to music based on gender, race or ethnicity”, said the president. “When you go to vote on music, this is at least how I approach it is as though you have a blindfold on and listening.”
It is not new in America that a party is under fire by a lack of diversity. The Oscars in 2016 were for the same reason, already much criticism. Although the organization of the Academy Awards he said steps to make diversity, to promote within the organization, remains Portnow added that it is not necessary for the Recording Academy.
“We don’t have the same problem of that size”, said the president. However, he says there to stay to watch the award show keeping up with the times will continue to grow. “To be relevant to be able to continue, we must ourselves continue to innovate and that we should continue to do so along with the entire board.”