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More and More Women Calling on Grammy President to Step Down



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    Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, speaks onstage at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York.

    More and more women in the music business say they have had enough.

    A draft of a letter circulating among high-ranking women in the music industry calls for major changes at the Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, including publishing the demographics of its voting members and creating a plan to include more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.

    "We need a leader to think outside of the metaphorical box and start demanding all voices be heard," reads the draft, a copy of which was sent to NBC News.

    Twenty-one women have signed the letter. The letter adds that if the group’s demands cannot be met, Neil Portnow, the academy’s president, should step down.

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