News: Recording Academy President Denies Grammy Racism

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In the wake of Beyonce’s and many artists before her snubs at the Grammy’s, people are continuing to call out the racial injustices that take place within the academy. Solange, Beyonce’s sister, even took to twitter to point out, “there have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for album of the year” despite the ceremonies featuring “over 200 black artist” performers. Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, recently sat down with Pitchfork to share his opinions on the matter. He said he doesn’t think there’s a race problem and that musicians don’t listen to music based on race or gender. He continued that awards are based on a peer vote and that people ‘put a blindfold on’ to listen. This explanation probably won’t fly with many considering a number of artists including Frank Ocean, Drake and Kanye West all boycotted this year’s show citing the lack of racial diversity and representation.

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