By Joanna Starling, Associate Music Producer at Ogilvy & Mather

After reading the Rolling Stone piece, "What Do the Grammys Have Against Women?" I’ve got some thoughts on Neil Portnow's statement that he gave Variety.

At this year's Grammy’s, female artists spoke out – some loudly (Janelle Monae, Alessia Cara) and downright triumphantly (Kesha) others softly (Lorde, Lady Gaga) for equality for women in the music industry. It’s no secret that there are monsters outside of Hollywood and the political sphere, but what intrigued me the most was how disconnected the Time’s Up movement felt at the Grammy’s. The white roses on the lapels to promote the advancement of women and opportunity for women were gravely overshadowed by the fact that very few women were being recognized. It was as if the artists were advocating for a movement the Recording Academy wasn’t – and historically isn’t – on board with.

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It was 4:03am when my phone beeped, displaying the NYT Now notification, “A shooting at an Orlando nightclub has left ‘mass casualties,’ police said.” Learning it was the dance club Pulse in downtown Orlando, I knew there was a chance my daughter may have been there. Thankfully, that was not the case. A huge wave of relief and gratitude twisted with deep heartache for all those whose lives would change forever and for those lives tragically lost.

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