Published May 09, 2019After telling women in music to "step up," former Recording Academy president Neil Portnow has officially stepped down, and his role has been taken over by a woman for the first time in the 62-year history of the organization behind the Grammys.
The Recording Academy has named Deborah Dugan the organization's new president. Her past credentials include serving as the chief of Red, the non-profit organization co-founded by Bono to combat AIDS in Africa.
Following Portnow's comments after the 2018 Grammy Awards, many criticized his comments as "spectacularly wrong and insulting" and called for his resignation.
He responded by eventually establishing a task force to examine the Academy and determine "where we can do more to overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community."
The most recent Grammy Awards took place in February and featured significantly more female performers (though, not Ariana Grande) and a female host, Alicia Keys.
While accepting the 2019 award for Best New Artist, Dua Lipa alluded to Portnow's comments, saying, "I guess this year we really stepped up."