Top solo artists and groups of high-powered female executives in the music industry are demanding change within the Recording Academy. Much of that momentum has built up over the past week, since the telecast of this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, which were held Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden.
The outcry is a direct response to the the format and content of this year’s telecast, and to statements made by the highest-ranked official at the Recording Academy — the professional organization whose members vote for the Grammys — and the producer of the telecast.
Among those who have spoken out are musicians including Pink, Fiona Apple, India.Arie, Sheryl Crow, Vanessa Carlton, Charli XCX and Kelly Clarkson, as well as two groups of highly influential, female industry executives. Many of those women are calling for fundamental changes to the way that the Recording Academy (also known as NARAS, or the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) is run, and for a change in the organization’s leadership. NARAS has responded with plans to address issues of gender bias. However, NPR has learned that the group does not know current demographic details about its membership.